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.
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