Welcome back to #OberlinWayBackWednesdays, our weekly series highlighting some incredibly cool items from the Conservatory Special Collections.
This week, we take a look at a book on the iconography of the great violin maker, Antonio Stradivari.
Herbert Goodkind was a successful commercial real estate agent in Manhattan for Helmsley Spear. Goodkind’s passion for the history and construction of violins led him to become a successful dealer and appraiser of violins, an avid collector and dealer in various material on the subject and an early leader in the Violin Society of America.
Goodkind published Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari on his own dime. He also commissioned the portrait of Stradivarius on the cover, although the likeness references the artist’s imagination rather than any image of Stradivarius.
This tome is part of the H.K. Goodkind Collection, which includes over 1,200 book, score and periodical titles, more than 550 auction catalogs, miscellaneous research files, a clippings file, photographs, and two paintings.