DescriptionJ. de Saint-Martin. L'Art de faire des armes réduit à ses vrais principes. Vienna: Janne Schramble, 1804.
First edition. Octavo. , xii, , 91, , [2, sectional title; L'Espadon], iv, 57,  pages. Complete with copper engraved frontispiece of the author and all seventy-two plates (including two folding) depicting the stances of fencing.
Late-nineteenth-century full olive morocco, front cover with quadruple filet borders enclosing corner pieces of gilt sword hilts, central device of a two gilt swords resting upon a pillow made up of two-tone morocco inlays, gilt fillet board edges, and decorative gilt turn-ins. Black and gold patterned endpapers. Evidence of removed bookplate at front; owner initials on verso of frontispiece. Some darkening to page 67 of second part. Overall, a very clean and well-margined copy in a handsome binding.
Jean-Antoine de Saint-Martin was master of arms at the Academy Thérésienne in Vienna and this book, one of the foremost fencing manuals, is a highly-regarded compendium of earlier French and Italian techniques. The second section deals with fighting with a two-handed sword or broadsword (L'Espadon).
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