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These books are recommend for learning more about the harpsichord and the music written for it.

Early Keyboard Instruments (The New Grove Musical Instrument Series)
Edwin M. Ripin, G. Grant O'Brien, John Caldwell, Howard Schott (Contributor), William Dowd (Contributor) Published 1989.
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393305155, Paperback 313 pages, $14.95.

Technique and Interpretation on the Harpsichord and Clavichord
Richard Troeger, Published 1987.
Indiana University Press; ISBN: 0-253-35835-3, Hardcover, 253 pages (0-253-20408-9 paperback).

The Harpsichord Owner's Guide: A Manual for Buyers and Owners
Edward L. Kottick R. Masters (Illustrator), Jorgensen (Photographer) Published 1987.
Univ of North Carolina Pr; ISBN: 0807817457, Hardcover, 180 pages, $39.95 (0807843881 paperback 1992 $19.95).

A Guide to the Harpsichord
Ann Bond  Published 1997
Amadeus Pr; ISBN: 1574670271, Hardcover, 240 pages, $29.95
An excellent book that covers the evolution of the instrument, playing techniques, survey of the literature, advice on acquiring a harpsichord, and a section on maintenance and tuning.

Three Centuries of Harpsichord Making
Frank T. Hubbard  Published 1972
Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674888456, Hardcover, 363 pages, $38.50
This is "the" classic anthology on the construction of historical harpsichords. Building techniques, stringing, scaling, action mechanics and technical details of harpsichords built between 1500 to 1800 from Italy, Flanders, France, England and Germany.   If you want to get down and dirty in the details and history of harpsichord building over the centuries, this book will get you there.

Five Centuries of Keyboard Music: An Historical Survey of Music for Harpsichord and Piano

John Gillespie  Published 1972
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 048622855X, Paperback, 463 pages, $13.95
A very handy (and inexpensive) guide to solo keyboard literature with bibliographic summaries of key  composers.  The author suggests the best solo keyboard works of many of these composers.

Harpsichord in America: A Twentieth Century Revival
Larry Palmer  Published 1989
Indiana Univ Pr; ISBN: 0253208408, Paperback, $14.95

Historical Harpsichord : Vol IV : Harpsichord Decoration: A Conspectus by Sheridan Germann; Joos Karest to Ruckers by John Koster (Vol 4) Vol 4
Howard Schott (Editor)  To Be Published 1999

Skill and Style on the Harpsichord: A Reference Manual for the Developing Harpsichordist

Jean Nandi Published 1990
Bon Gout Pub Co; ISBN: 0962202320, Paperback, $22.95

Starting on the Harpsichord: A First Book for the Beginner
Jean Nandi, Leonie Jenkins Published 1989
Bon Gout Pub Co; ISBN: 0962202304, Paperback, $22.95

Harpsichord Technique : A Guide to Expressivity
Nancy Metzger, 2nd edition
Musica Dulce; ISBN: 0962493414, Paperback, $22.00

Interpreting Bach at the Keyboard
Paul Badura-Skoda, Alfred Clayton (Translator)  Published 1995
Oxford Univ Press; ISBN: 0198165765, Paperback, $29.95

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