Welcome to the Lute [and related instruments] Library


The sources for historical fretted plucked instruments are here laid out in a clear, organized and easy to locate manner. Facsimiles will gradually become downloadable next to each source with the following link symbol: facsimile

          Arranged by year [for all plucked instruments] or by instrument [all appropriate years/genres]

          Handwritten sources categorized by library [RISM sigla]

          Sources listed under name of composer, collector, or in some cases publisher

          A comprehensive bibliography of modern works



This site deals specifically with plucked instruments. For early music sources in other subjects, see Elam Rotem's www.earlymusicsources.com