Robert Kietzer - Trommel Schule
Written in 1894, Robert Kietzer's Self-Instructor for the Drum was one of the very first instruction manuals for the snare drum that was NOT based on military drumming. Interestingly, the text is offered in German, English, and Russian. In addition to technical exercises that focus on rolls, there are a number of exercises in a variety of musical styles. This is a great book that dives into the technique and performance of the snare drum at this time in its development.
Like all of VAP Media's Digital Library offerings, the book was scanned at high resolution, straightened, cleaned up, and passed through state-of-the-art optical character reading software so that the text is searchable (English only).
See the Preface below.