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24 July - The Kickstarter project has launched to pre-sell around 500 copies of The Mandolin - a history to pay for the printing. Feel free to visit the Kickstarter page and make a pledge. It would be great if you told your friends as well.


The Mandolin - a history is getting close to publication, after six years of work. It will be over 400 pages with around 460 pictures of mandolins, old advertisments and other images. There is close to 100,000 words of text, including an index and a comprehensive bibliography. The girl on the left with the mandolin is the cover image, taken from an old postcard.

I have a printer in the US ready to do the printing, and to pay for that I will need to pre-sell around 500 copies, which the printer will be able to mail out as soon as they are off the press.

Here is the Table of Contents, to give some idea of the scope of the book.

A chapter on early Neapolitan mandolins can be downloaded here, and an introductory chapter on the Mandolin in America can be downloaded here.

Information about my other books is here.

Alist of the types of instruments I make and a pricelist is here.

Contact info

I can be contacted by email here

by post at
PO Box 365
Jamison ACT 2614

or by phone at 0402 026 962 (within Australia) or from foreign places +61 402 026 962, keeping in mind that Australia is usually several hours behind or ahead of the rest of the world. That number is best to get me in the evenings here and you can find out what that time is in your part of the world by checking here.

The Mandolin - a history now has a Facebook page.

Other things on the website are: