Paris: Chez Herissant, 1766.
First edition. Engraved portrait and allegorical frontispieces, 33 engraved folding plates; [ii], xxxviii, 247,  pp. 8vo. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt in six compartments, red morocco label, and gilt stamped “Tome I,” some rubbing to spine, else near fine. Thimm, p. 74-5; Pardoel 757.01; Vigeant, p.48-9. Item #242797
One of the most important 18th-century fencing manuals and a key work in the development of modern fencing. L’ART DES ARMES was a direct attack on the orthodoxy of the Académie d’armes de Paris. “Son ouvrage doit d'être classé parmi ceux qui ont rendu le plus de services à la cause de notre art et de son enseignement” (Vigeant).
A second volume, containing an additional 12 plates and a response to critics allied with the Académie, was published in 1767.
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