This book in French language is one of the rare scientific classics about the Jaw Harp (guimbarde). Based on the collection of the ethnological institiute of the "Musée de l'Homme" (part of the French National Museum of Natural History) Geneviève Dournon-Taurelle and John Wright draw a well-structured, comprehensive picture of Jaw Harps from various cultures and periods from many perspectives.
The first chapters cover general topic like acoustic, mechanics, various playing techniques and the classification of the guimbardes (Jaw Harps) as musical instruments. The second part of the book is a comprehensive, richly illustrated catalog of Jaw Harps from all over the world. The instruments are not only shown, classified and typified, but the book also shows impressivly their origin, cultural backgrounds, making and usage. The catalog contains many historical models and single items, too. This book is a rich source and genial reference work about Jaw Harps (guimbardes)!
Publisher: Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Musée de l'Homme, Institut d'Ethnologie, Paris
Published in: 1978
All of these books are new, but due to their age the covers are a bit yellowed.