- Series: Dover Books on Music
- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 2nd ed. edition (June 1, 1954)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486607534
- ISBN-13: 978-0486607535
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Sensations of Tone (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – June 1, 1954
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I have a Dover printing from the 1980s, which I love, and bought a couple of new copies to give to musician/techie friends who hadn't heard of it. Alas, while the current printing (which can be identified by an orange colored spine, where the older Dover printings had a spine the same grey-green color as the front cover) still contains the statement on the copyright page "This Dover edition, first published in 1954, is an unabridged and unaltered of the second (1885) edition of the Ellis translation", it's not true. Some of the illustrations have been vandalized! This is quite obvious on page 40, where there's an engraving of a resonator box with a tuning fork on the top. On my 20th century copy, and on the digital version on Google Books, it's very clear. In the orange-spined 21st century reprint, someone took it on themselves to modify the image to make the tuning fork unrecognizable and the diagram incomprehensible. I don't see how it could be a printing error - it's not a distortion of a single image, nor a doubling of the whole image, but a small amount of graphic copy-and-pasted over the original. The best guess we have is that it was done for copyright protection, but in a book like this, that would amount to scientific and historical vandalism.
have it. The science of sound is the same today as it was in the 1800's when this book was written. It
is a must have for anyone involved in audio or musical instruments. This is a big book, lots of valuable material. The fact that it is still available is a blessing. I can't put it down.