"The Most Important Treatise on Unarmed Combat Ever Printed"

    [Romeyn de Hooge]. Nicolaes Petter. Klare Onderrichtinge Der Voortresselijke Worstel-Konst... Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1674.

    First edition. Small quarto. 16 pages. Illustrated with sixty-seven of the usual seventy-one copper plates by Romeyn de Hooge, with two copies of plate 6. Woodcut title vignette.

    Modern quarter vellum over marbled boards with gilt titles on a blue morocco spine label. Binding is in very good condition. Scattered minor foxing. Most plates have been professionally repaired, including the title page and Foreword, especially along the fore-margins. Several small closed tears repaired. Faint contemporary writing on the title page. Very good condition.

    Nicolaes Petter was the wrestling master at a school in Amsterdam. He divided the present work into thirteen sections, each to illustrate a particular move. De Hooge's engravings illustrate step-by-step the instructions enumerated in the text.

    "[H]istorically speaking the most important treatise on unarmed combat ever printed...the finest of all wrestling books and deservedly the most famous" (Sydney Anglo, The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe, p. 190).

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