Philip J Wells Posted January 9, 2012 Share Posted January 9, 2012 Board Members may wish to be aware of a new book published in 2011 which so far seems to have escaped the attention of the organ press. “Booth of Wakefield; Organ Builders to the World, 1796-1893,” written by Paul Lindsay Dawson and published by the “Association Britannique de la Garde Imperiale,” Wakefield, (I purchased my copy of the book online through AbeBooks) has drawn on the author’s research over many years in field trips, the archives of the West Yorkshire Archive Service and the online records of the NPOR to produce a book of 344 pages divided into 12 Chapters, mostly structured chronologically around the Firm’s history. Many organ specifications are given and there is also an Appendix of Booth organs. Booth’s work in developing the pneumatic action is mentioned, together with his involvement with Edmund Schulze in England and the influences of other organ builders and organists on their work. The author is at pains to stress that the Firm were no less innovative than the leading organ builders of London. Where the book falls down is in its presentation; it needs a good editor/technical proof reader to address spelling, capitalisation, apostrophes, commas, etc., all things which we take for granted but which grate so when they disrupt an otherwise good read. In fact I found myself reading it with a pencil in hand for corrections; how sad is that! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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