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C. F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series)by Philip F. Gura
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The Martin is considered the finest acoustic guitar in the world, a distinction it has held for more than 150 years. Philip Gura chronicles the career of C. F. Martin from his humble start as an importer and repairman of musical instruments in New York City in the 1830s through the founding of C. F. Martin and Company and its move to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
Gura is the first historian to study thoroughly the Martin company records dating back to the 1830s: letters, account books, inventories, and other documents. Using this rich archive, he establishes how a German immigrant from Saxony's guild tradition became the finest American guitar maker of his time and created a uniquely American business that successfully eclipsed its competition.
As Gura shows, Martin's success was based on his astute navigation of the rapid economic expansion and industrialization of his time. Martin adapted his artisanal craft to modern industrial methods, maintaining quality while meeting increased demand. After Martin's death in 1873, the company continued to grow, and it thrives today, producing instruments that are still the most sought after in the world.
With more than 175 illustrations, many of them in color, this book is a handsome and valuable history of the nineteenth-century American music trade told through one man's participation in it.
In this valuable history of the 19th century, historian Gura chronicles the career of C.F. Martin, from his humble start as an importer and repairman of musical instruments in New York City in the 1830s through the founding of C.F. Martin & Company and its move to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
The Martin is considered the finest acoustic guitar in the world, a distinction it has held for more than 150 years. Gura examines the history of acoustic guitar manufacturer C. F. Martin Company and its founder, Christian Frederick Martin (1796-1873), uncovering keys to the 19th century music trade and to the company's ongoing success over 150 years.
About the Author
Philip F. Gura is William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in the departments of English and Religious Studies as well as in the Curriculum in American Studies. His many books include the award-winning America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century (UNC Press). He is an editor for the Norton Anthology of American Literature.
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