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An affectionate and fascinating history of the music box, this is one of the most unusual and delightful volumes ever compiled. The sparkling text is complemented by charming photographs and full-color illustrations plus The Music Box Sampler, aMoreAn affectionate and fascinating history of the music box, this is one of the most unusual and delightful volumes ever compiled. The sparkling text is complemented by charming photographs and full-color illustrations plus The Music Box Sampler, a 10-inch Micro-groove 33-1/3 RPM record of authentic music from some of the worlds most famous and intricate music boxes and some not quite music boxes.Anyone in search of a rich, different kind of musical experience, anyone who loves the past, anyone who is fascinated by mans mechanical ingenuity will find delight in these pages. Together Helen Hoke and her son, John Hoke, trace the lore and lure of the music box — from a single tinkle to a fully orchestrated symphony, from rollicking calliopes to majestic bell towers, from tiny, melodic pieces of jewelry to massive nickelodeons.Magnificently designed and printed in four colors, MUSIC BOXES is abundantly illustrated with beautiful, detailed photographs of music boxes and intricate music box mechanisms, enhanced by more than a hundres delicate drawings especially executed for this book. The reader is told hos to delect a music box, where tobuy one, where to have one repaired, where music boxes are on display. There is a bibliography of books and records on music boxes.Providing a thread between the past glory of the music box and its present revival, this volume is a choice gift for the musician, historian, the antiquarian, the music-box lover, and all collectors of the rare and unusual.Included is a 10-inch 33-RPM record tucked in the back cover with 13 recordings of musical boxes from the Bornand Collection on Side A, and 5 recordings of other mechanical musical instruments on Side B, for a total of over 30 minutes of music.