ARMSTRONG, Robert Bruce. Musical Instruments. Part I. The Irish and Highland Harps. Part II. English and Irish Instruments. Illustrated with facsimiles, music, plates and portraits. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable, 1904/1908. First edition. Quarto. pp. (1) xvi, 199, + errata, (2) 4, viii, 167. Blue cloth over bevelled boards, Irish Harp in gilt on upper cover of Part I; Scottish Thistle and English Rose in gilt on cover of the second part; titles in gilt on spines. Edition limited to 180 numbered copies. From the library of Garech Browne, with his armorial bookplate on front pastedowns. Traces of mild staining to lower cover of the second volume. A very good set. A rare opportunity to buy the complete set of this very important work.
The Irish and the Highland Harps by R B Armstrong remains one of the essential works for the study of these instruments and has stood the test of time better than most other contemporary harp related publications.