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    Early Piano Catalog with Wonderful Lithographed Plates

    [Otto] Wessell, [Adam] Nickel, [Rudolph] Gross. Illustrated Catalogue of Piano-Forte Actions. New York: Wessell, Nickel & Gross, 1893.

    First edition. Oblong quarto. Unpaginated. Illustrated title page, two lithographic views of the factory, portraits of the three company owners, four pages of text, and fifty-three spectacular illustrations, most lithographed in color, silver and gilt, of the firm's products.

    Publisher's maroon pebbled cloth with gilt titles on front. Cloth is rubbed and lightly soiled with fraying to spine ends. Front hinge separated with chipping to front endpaper. An internally very good copy.

    A detailed trade catalog of piano actions produced by Wessell, Nickel & Gross. Established in 1874, Wessell, Nickel & Gross was one of the leading manufacturers by the time of this publication, having opened a sizeable factory between 45th and 46th Streets on Tenth Avenue in New York City. This catalog is a testament to the company's acclaimed attention to quality and detail. The actions and individual pieces are clearly and simply diagrammed with detail and precision.


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