Stauffer is the guitar maker that the first C.F. Martin apprenticed with before emigrating to the United States in the 1830s. This book tells the story of father and son Johan and Anton Stauffer, the many innovations they introduced (including the famous "Legnani Model"), a historical perspective of the unique cultural, political and social climate in Vienna at the time ("an unprecedented guitar mania"), and traces the influences that helped create the Viennese guitar, in particular during the period from 1819 to 1845. Features a photo gallery of 60 guitars, three views per instrument plus the label, part of the more than 400 color illustrations that include reproductions of historical documents, paintings and engravings, rare musical editions - nearly all previously unpublished. Plus a chronological chart of all genuine Stauffer labels. The images throughout this book are very high quality, printed on heavy paper. Text is in French, German and English. Hardcover with cloth binding, 15" x 12". 320 pp.