Category Archives: Original Rare Fencing Books

This is a small selection of books. If you have a specific interest please let me know and I will let you know what is available on the market!

Tavernier, Adolphe

L’Art du Duel.: Préface par Aurélien Scholl.

Book Description: Paris: C. Marpon Et E. Flammarion, nd. Hard Cover in 3/4 red morocco, 4vo. Illustrated with engravings in black and bistre, 326 pages.

Book Condition: Very Good. Edge wear to the board edges and the corners. Leather portion heavily Scuffed

Price: $750

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Radaelli, Giuseppe

Istruzione per la Scherma de Sciabola e di Spada.

Book Description: Milano: Dumolard, 1885. 8vo., 103pp., ten quadruple foldout plates–7 on sabre and 3 on foil. Plates are 8 inches high and open to 21 inches long. Index, original wraps bound in full vellum with ties. Gilt lettering on spine. Gilt medallion on front board. Title, author, place publisher and date handwritten in black and red ink on rear board.

Rare (often cited as Frate, Simon del)

Book Condition: Excellent. Ties cut at ends.

Price: $2,500

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Pollock, Walter H; Grove, F C; Prevost, Camille; Michell, E B & Armstrong, Walter

The Badminton Library: Fencing, Boxing & Wrestling.

Book Description: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1890. Second Edition. Original decorated brown cloth, gilt titling to spine. Many b/w illustrations, 43 plates. 190x130mm. Well illustrated from instantaneous photographs, pages 1 – 110 cover the practical instruction of the art of Fencing including a small section on Singlestick. Pages 117 – 148 cover Boxing and Sparring, illustrated with full page wood engravings, and 175 – 221 Wrestling, Cumberland and Westmoreland, styles and systems, with a complete bibliography of the art of Fencing by Egerton Castle. 304 pp.

Book Condition: Excellent. A little rubbed at head and heel of spine.

Price: $150

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Pollock, Walter H; Grove, F C; Prevost, Camille; Michell, E B & Armstrong, Walter

The Badminton Library: Fencing, Boxing & Wrestling.

Book Description: Longmans Green and Co., 1889. First Edition. Gilt decorated 3/4 blue morocco over gilt stamped orange cloth boards with coat of arms of the Duke of Beaufort in gold on front cover. Illustrated. 43 photographic plates: 18 showing the classic French school of foil, 16 engravings of boxing & 8 of wrestling. No. 226 of 250 copies printed on large paper (8vo). 338 pp.

Book Condition: Faded spine

Price: $495

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Olivier, J[ean]

Fencing Familiarized, or a New Treatise on the Art of Sword Play.

Book Description: London: John Bell. 1771. (Folding frontispiece & 7 (of 8) folding copperplates engraved by Ovenden and copied from Angelo’s plates. The frontispiece shows the interior of a fencing classroom, with an ongoing exercise between two students, closely followed by the master himself sitting in a chair, by a group of other
students at the left and by some spectators standing outside looking through the windows.

Book Condition: Twentieth-century blind-tooled chamois binding.

Price: $775

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Marcelli, Francesco Antonio

Regole della scherma insegnate de Lelio, e Titta Marcelli scritte da Francesco Antonio Marcelli figlio, enipote e maestro di scherma in Roma.

Book Description: Rome, Dom. Ant. Ercole, 1686. Two parts in one vol. 4to. Nineteenth-century blind-tooled vellum,spine ribbed, black morocco title labels lettered in gold, red edges. With engr. frontispiece, depicting 7 fencing masters of the Marcelli family, Swedish engr. coat-of-arms on title-page and 34 engr. illustrations in the text. A leaf with contemporary manuscript annotations is bound in.

Price: $6,000

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Jacob, Jules

Le jeu de l’épée.

Book Description: Paris: Paul Ollendorff, 1887. Second edition. 12vo. Edited by Emile André. Unillustrated. Black half-morocco binding with gold titling on spine. Jacob is credited with creating modern epee fencing in the late 1860s. He was the first master to abandon the conventions of foil in response to the need, still strongly felt in France at that time, for practical preparation for a duel where the ability to hit without being hit was of paramount importance. In so doing, he started a war of words between traditionalist, who regarded foil as ‘real’ fencing, and the new followers of epee, practical fencing, that was to last more than 30 years before epee was finally accepted as a weapon in its own right, requiring a method of teaching quite distinct from that of foil. The first edition appeared in 1886.

Book Condition: Excellent. Signature of previous owner on title page. Slight rubbing to spine and corners.

Price: $550

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Hutton, Alfred

Fixed Bayonets: A Complete System of Fence for the British Magazine Rifle, Explaining the Use of Point, Edges and Butt, Both in Offence and Defence; Comprising Also a Glossary of English, French, and Italian Terms Common to the Art of Fencing, with a Bibliographical List of Works Affecting the Bayonet

Book Description: London: William Clowes and Sons Limited, 1890. First Edition. 8vo in original gilt lettered, illustrated brown cloth and black coated endpapers with photogravure frontispiece (portrait) signed in print and 23 wood engraved plates illustrating moves. ix,[3],183,[1]pp. Rare.

Book Condition: Very Good. Covers slightly bowed and a bit soiled with light foxing to recto of frontispiece and some offsetting to title page from frontispiece, else a clean copy.

Price: $1,100

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Brea, Manuel Antonio

Principos Universales y Reglas Generales de la Verdadera Destreza del Espadin.

Book Description: 1805. 18 copperplates. Contemporary calf binding.

Price: $1,900

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Beaumont, Edouard de

L’Epée et les Femmes.

Book Description: Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles,1881. Small folio. Frontispiece plus 4 photogravures in duplicate out of text by Meissonier. Green half-morocco binding with gold tooling on spine.) [The first of a planned five volumes covering the history of the sword in Europe. Much like Burton’s Book of the Sword series and possibly for the same reason of lack of public interest, the project never progressed beyond this first volume. Perhaps not surprisingly, since L’Epée et les Femmes is a long dissertation on the pernicious effect women have had on the manly art of swordsmanship.

Book Condition: Near Excellent. Some foxing. Baron Howard de Walden and Malcolm Fare bookplates.

Price: $950

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Barbasetti, Luigi, Illustrated by Ciro Barbasetti

The Art Of The Foil; With a Short History of Fencing

Book Description: New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1932. First Edition. Hardback. 8vo in beige cloth. Frontispiece photograph of Luigi Barbasetti. Profusely illustrated with Halftones and Line Cuts by Ciro Barbasetti. Glossary. xii, 276 p.

Book Condition: Near Fine. Pages clean and binding tight. some sunning to spine and board edges. Light wear to spine ends. Previous owner’s dedication and address on inside cover and first page.

Price: $225

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Barbasetti, Luigi, Illustrated by Ciro Barbasetti

The Art of the Sabre and the Epee

Book Description: New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo in cloth. spine red, black text. Barbasetti, Ciro (illustrator). 170 pages with glossary.

Book Condition: Good Plus. Spine is faded from light exposure. Front Cover is faded and has changed color in a few places. Slight edge wear. Clean tight copy.

Price: $250

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Barbasetti, Luigi, Illustrated by Plates & Drawings

The Art of the Foil (ISBN:0760709432)

Book Description: New York: Barnes & Noble, 1998. Reprint. Hard Cover. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Illustrated by b/w Plates & Drawings with a Glossary. Yellow boards w/black cloth and gold lettering at spine; cover, binding, pages as new; DJ w/mylar as new except for slight rubbing on front and back of jacket.

Book Condition: Excellent. Dust Jacket Condition: Excellent. Lightly edge worn dust jacket.

Price: $35

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Angelo, Mr. [Domenico]

School of Fencing: With a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art.

Book Description: Land’s End Press, New York, 1971. Reprint. Red Cloth Hardcover. Oblong 6’hx 9″w. 146 pages. This is a facsimile printing of three 18th century fencing works: Domenico Angelo’s “The School of Fencing” with Henry Angelo’s “Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword”, and “The Angelo Cutlass Exercises”. Illustrated with many black and white engravings and etchings.

Book Condition: Excellent. Dust Jacket Condition: Good – Gold lettering on the spine. Scuffing to the top and tail of the spine along with sun damage. Dust Jacket has a small tear and is lightly scuffed and creased along the back, top edge.

Price: $90

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Another copy is available with no dust jacket:  $60

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