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The School of Fencing, with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art. Dedicated to their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Gloucester and Prince Henry-Frederic.


Second edition, first English, oblong folio (295 x 480 mm), [6], 63, [5]pp., parallel English and French texts, with an additional French title page, 47 fine engraved plates by Ruyland and Hall after J. Gruyn, some foxing and spotting (worse to the first few text leaves and plates), also a little light offsetting, plate 16 with a closed tear just touch outer border of image, expertly rebound in half sprinkled tan calf, orig. marbled sides, red morocco label, a very nice copy. Provenance: Unidentified bookplate with crest of an ass’s head holding an arrow, the motto “Faire mon devoir.”