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For sale is a CD with a facsimile of a 1905 catalog from the musical isntruments department of Dufayel, one of the large department stores in Paris around the turn of the century.



Click on any picture above to view a slightly larger version of it or click here for a full size scan of one of the pages if you want to see the image quality and resolution from the CD.


Key data

Title:Catalogue spécial d'Instruments de Musique

CD edition:
No. of scans:44
Resolution:180 dpi
Ebook size:45.5 MB
Order code:Dufayel1905Inst
Price:USD 13.95

General description

Dufayel in Paris was one of those huge department stores with a large music department. So large in fact that they even published a special instruments catalog.

Physical description of the original

The size is 23.9 cm height and 17.7 cm width.

The 40 numbered pages are printed black-and-white on medium grade paper. The cover is made from light green paper of the same quality as the other pages and printed with dark green.

The catalog is center-bound with two staples.


"9-05" is printed on the front page. Presumably this means September 1905.

The inside of the front cover mentions a photo atelier run by Pierre Petit. Petit took many of the photos in Couesnon's 1915 catalog and it seems likely he was active around 1905.

The overall style and the content of the catalog is consistent with an early 20th C. dating.


Quite a lot of the instrument offered for sale can be identified as being made by Thibouville-Lamy or one of the master instrument makers associated with Thibouville-Lamy. It's quite possible Dufayel's music department effectively was just an outlet store run by Thibouville-Lamy rather than Dufayel themselves. This would of course explain how they could manage to maintain such a large product range.

Ebook condition

In the ebook the cover is reproduced as is - with all the aging marks and frayed edges one would expect after a century - while the other pages have been extensively cleaned up to look almost as new.

The content on some of the pages (especially page 1) are seriously misaligned in the original and I have decided not to correct this. It's a sloppy printer's job of course but this was a cheap publication after all.


The CD presents the catalog in a choice of three different formats: high resolution (180 dpi) JPEG scans for maximum quality, HTML format allowing you to leaf through the scans as if it was a paper book and PDF format for quick reference with all pages in a single document. It is readable on any reasonably modern computer with a CD drive.

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Copyright issues

The item offered for sale is a CD with a digital reproduction of an antique print. The copyrights for the original have expired and it is now in the public domain.

The copyrights for the scans and the editorial content of the ebook is held by me - © 2007-2010 Frank Nordberg.
  The buyer of the CD is granted permission to use the content for his/her own pleasure and work but not to redistribute without explicit permission, except under some conditions specified in the copyrights file included on the CD and available from me on request.

Shipping and handling

Shipping with regular mail is free worldwide!

Please note that I live in Norway so shipping to your country may take a little while (usually between one and three weeks). If you are in a hurry and willing to pay actual shipping costs, I will try to find faster options than regular mail.

Downloadable files

Unfortunately I am not able to offer the ebook as a downlaod at the moment since this would violate eBays' trade policies.

Return policy

A CD is esentially a digital item, so all sales are final. However:
  • Faulty and broken CDs are of course replaced at no extra cost.
  • Returns are accepted if the content of the CD turns out to be significantly different from what the description here at eBay says.


At the moment I can only accept payments through PayPal. However, you do not need a PayPal account to pay through them. All you need is a valid credit card or debit card.

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