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Our book must have been striking when it was new in 1892 with its bright red velvet covers and shiny metal filigree corner embellishments.

Title is Perlen aus der Instrumenten-Sammlung von Paul de Wit, Leipzig, published in 1892 and is in our Mahoney Music Collection. The English title is Pearls from the instrument collection of Paul de Wit, Leipzig (Saxony).

The National Archives sponsors #ArchivesHashtagParty once a month, and December’s topic is #ArchivesSparkle. NARA invites archives to submit tweets about anything that glitters in their archives.

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This comprehensive music-related collection is mainly books, largely centered around stringed instruments, was created by John Mahoney, and is housed in the Archives and Special Collection at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

Library of Congress sponsors #ArchivesHashtagParty once a month. November’s topic is #ArchivesBookLove.

D’Alembert Diderot: Encyclopedie Raisonne Metiers, 1767

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The following treatises from the Mahoney Music Collection can now be found in the Digital Library of South Dakota.

L’art du violon: nouvelle méthode by Pierre Marie François de Sales Baillot
Ueber Paganini’s kunst die violine zu spiele: ein anhang zu jeder bis jetzt erschienenen violinschule, nebst einer abhandlung über das flageoletspiel in einfachen und doppeltönen: den heroen der violine, Rode, Kreutzer, Baillot, Spoher, zugeeignet by Carl Guhr
Die ersten etuden: für violine in der ersten position by Richard Hofmann
Praktische violin-schule: ein methodisch geordneter, mit bezeichnung des bogenstriches und fingersatzes versehener uebungsstoff zur gründlichen erlernung des violinspiels / 1 uebungen in der ersten position by Christian Heinrich Hohmann
Praktische violinschule / Heft II by Christian Heinrich Hohmann and Ernst Ludwig Heim
Solfège du violoniste en 2 parties…toute la partie spéciale du violon est de Ch. Dancla by August-Mathieu Panseron and Charles Dancla

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First day of spring in 2020 is March 19th.

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Randolph Caledcott, Hey Diddle Diddle and Baby Bunting, London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1882?, uncataloged book in Mahoney Music Collection in the Archives and Special Collections.

Mahoney Music Collection is a diverse collection of books centered around the violin located in the Archives and Special Collections at USD.

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These dancing witches and other supernatural beings are from The Celebrated Witches’ Dance, composed by Paganini, and transcribed for the piano forte by Wm. Vincent Wallace, 1852. Lithograph created by Sarony & Major, New York.


This music score is located in the Mahoney Music Collection at the Archives and Special Collections, University of South Dakota.

#Halloween, #DanceTillYouDrop

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Stop by the Archives and Special Collections where we have on display children’s literature from the Mahoney Music Collection. In addition to possessing great illustrations, these books enhance music vocabulary and music appreciation, introduce famous composers and musicians, and/or educate on musical concepts like rhythm and melody.

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A shout out to Dr. Lauren Freese and her ARTH 211 class for visiting the Archives and Special Collections on Friday. We pulled out early examples of hand-written manuscripts, a facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible – Biblia Sacra, a facsimile of the Mainzer Psalter von 1457, and early printed works with woodcut illustrations as well as engravings.

1400s. “From a Latin manuscript, the work of Italian Franciscan monks, containing the prayer of the mass.” Chilson Collection


1450? Incipit laus Sancti Bernardi Abatis; Laus de Virgine Maria: Ave mater misericordie, by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux. Poetry. Chilson Collection BX 890 .B43 L3x


1454 or 1455 / 1961. Biblia Sacra, by Johann Gutenberg. (Facsimile of the Ansel Verlag edition based on the copy in the Koniglichen Biliothek in Berlin and the Standischen Landesbibliothek, circa 1454 or 1455.) Chilson Collection Z 241 .B58 v. 1 and v. 2.


1457 / 1968. Mainzer Psalter von 1457, by the Catholic Church. Chilson Collection BX 2033 .A3 M3 1457a


  1. Tusculanarum quaestiones, by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Publisher: Venice, Nicolas Jenson. Chilson Collection PA 6304 .T71 1472


  1. De Imitatione Christi (Imitation of Christ), by Thomas à Kempis, printed by Caspar Hochfeder at Nüremberg. Chilson Collection


  1. Politica Economica Aristotelis. Leonardo aretino interprete, by Aristotles. Chilson Collection PA 3890 .A8 1506


  1. Hortus Sanitatis, by Johann von Cube of Frankfort. Chilson Collection


  1. Sententiae ex Thesauris Graecorum Delectae, by Joannes Stobaeus. Printed by Johannes Oporinus of Basle, Switzerland. Chilson Collection PA 4436 .A5 1549


  1. Theatrum Anatomicum, by Caspar Bauhin. Printed in Frankfurt am Main, under the patronage of Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel. Chilson Collection QS B353 1604


  1. Ecclesiastes. The Song of Solomon, by Robert Barker. “From the first edition of the King James Bible.” Chilson Collection BS1763 1611


  1. Cremona fedelissima citta, et nobilissima colonia de Romani: rappresentata in desegno col svo contato, et illvstrate d’vna breve historia delle cose piv notabili appartenenti as essa, et dei ritratti natvrali de dvchi, et dvchesse di Milano, e compendio delle lor vite, by Antonio Campi and Agostino Carracci. Mahoney Music Collection DG 975 .C8 C2 1645


  1. L. Annaei Senecae Philosophi Opera, quae extant omnia: A Iusto Lipsio Emendata et Scholiis Illustrata. Engravings by Cornelis Galle the Elder after Peter Paul Rubens. Chilson Collection
  2. Histoire des Juifs, by Flavius Joseph, translated by Arnauld d’Andilly. Chilson Collection DS 116. J81 1681


  1. Gabinetto Armonico pieno d’istromenti ti sonori, indicati, spiegati, e di nuovo corretti ed accresciuti, by Filippo Buonanni. Mahoney Music Collection ML 460 .B94 1723


  1. Versuch einer grundlichen Violinschule, entworfen und mit 4. Kupfertafeln sammt einer Tabelle, by Leopold Mozart. Mahoney Music Collection MT 262 .M93 1756


  1. Grondig onderwys in het behandelen der viool, by Leopold Mozart. Mahoney Music Collection MT 262. M93 1766


  1. Lutherie: contenant trente-quatre planches, dont une double, by Denis Diderot, Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, and Robert Bénard. Mahoney Music Collection ML 460. L87 1767



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Three copper engravings from Description de l’Egypte were recently added to the Mahoney Music Collection. These plates are from Antiquities volumes 2 and 5, and show individuals playing harps. Each measures about 30” x 22”, with one in color and the others in grey tones. These images spark my curiosity. What did early Egyptian harp music sound like?

Description de l’Egypte is a multivolume set containing information gathered during Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition to Egypt in 1798. The first edition was published 1802 – 1824 and had four printings. These printings differ mainly in quality, i.e. in the types of paper used and how many of plates were in color. For more about the books and the plates, the expedition, the people involved, the engraving process, the Rosetta Stone, and the ancient Suez canal, see Gillispie, and Dewachter.

Source: Gillispie, C., & Dewachter, M. (1987). Monuments of Egypt: The Napoleonic edition: The complete archaeological plates from la Description de l’Egypte. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Architectural Press in association with the Architectural League of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, call number Main Collection DT60 .M59 1987.



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VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Archives and Special Collections has announced the addition of two unique assortments of material from the Mahoney Music Collection to the Digital Library of South Dakota.

These collections include 30 illustrated catalogs of the famed Lyon & Healy brokers and harp makers and 13 treatises from violin masters before 1850. The catalogs, ranging in date from 1890-1940, include rich descriptions and illustrations of both rare and modern violins, violas, and violoncellos, as well as the harps for which the company would become most well-known. The treatises include Leopold Mozart’s 1756 treatise, as well as treatises by Francesco Geminiani, Carl Flesch, and Ivan Galamian.

View both collections on the Digital Library of South Dakota.

The Mahoney Music Collection contains more than 4,800 books, magazines, pamphlets, and ephemera documenting the history, craftsmanship, and playing of stringed instruments. The collection contains a particularly comprehensive assortment of books about violins and the violin family instruments. The collection was gifted the collection to the University of South Dakota in June 2006 by John P. and Barbara Mahoney, who continue to add new materials.

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It’s that time of year again! Halloween is slowly approaching once again. If you are a book lover and very festive during this time of year, come take a look in the Archives and Special Collections. We have some very interesting and spooky stories up here. From documents of ghost towns to books with murder mysteries. We also have some interesting books in the Mahoney Music Collection. Such as the Vampires Violin by, Michael Romkey. A story about a Vampire who is in dire need to find his lost violin once again. Yet a young woman named Maggie O’Hara now possess it, and she has no idea what is lurking in the dark, determined to have his violin back by any means. This book is a good choice for this time of year.

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