Title: An Improved System of Fencing, Wherein the ...
Publisher: Printed by J. Bailey, Chancery Lane, London
Publication Date: 1819
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition, 8vo, ix, 35pp, 1-page Index, fold out chart in front 'Modern System of Fencing', marbled boards, brown calf spine, gilt lettering on spine. Title continues: As practised in the present age. To which is added a Treatise on the Art of Attack and Defence. By C. Martelli, Late Pupil of the Academy at Florence, and Preceptor to many of the Nobility of Paris. Rebound (probably) with newer endpapers in rear, front endpaper missing, fold out chart delicate with short tears at fold edges and soiled, title page soiled at margins, sporadic soiling to margins throughout. Good. Thoroughly delightful book on fencing. "The noble Science of Self-Defence is coeval with the fall our first parents. Driven from Paradise to wander in search of a home, defence became necessary to protect them from the fury of animals, and against the aggression of each other. A rude system of attack, consequently, ensued, and, in process of time, constituted the elements of the art.Though this system, as has been observed, was brought into use by a more civilized age, yet necessity had no small share in bringing it to perfection. In the more southern countries, the intrigues of the women, compelled their gallants to wear swords, to secure themselves from the attacks of the jealous husband, who sought to wreak vengeance on the dishonourer of their bed. Each party, therefore, endeavoured to use the sword with skill, and hence arose the art of attack and defence. This accomplished art has, from its first instituion, been a source of delight, and ought to be regarded as most useful, since its object is the defence of honour and one's country." - from the Preface. Bookseller Inventory # 2812
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