London: Printed for S. Hooper, 1765.
Second edition, first edition with English text. 47 engraved plates by Ruyland and Hall after J. Gruyn. English and French title-pages, dual-language text in two columns. Oblong folio. First Edition with English Text of the Greatest English Fencing Manual. Later 18th-century half speckled calf and marbled boards, spine in 6 compartments with raised bands, gilt in 4 compartments, contrasting morocco labels in the rest. Rebacked and recornered preserving spine, one label renewed, endsheets renewed, French title page worn and soiled with repair to verso, some soiling and light foxing throughout, lower portion of blank margin on last leaf repaired. Contemporary owner’s inscription on first blank (“W.S. Smith, from his friend Henry Felthouse”), bookplate of Jean Oliver. Cohen-de Ricci, p. 83; Vigeant, p. 29; Castle (Bibliography) p. xlix; Thimm, p. 10; Gelli, p. 21 (for first). Item #265805
The second edition, and the first edition with English text, of the “chief work in the English literature of fencing” (Castle, p. 212). Angelo’s venerable School of Arms in London brought the French method of fencing to a wealthy and fashionable clientele. The school was run by successive Angelo generations until its closing in the early 20th century. The first edition of 1763 was printed in French only; this 1765 edition contains the same plates as the first edition with text in French and English. An edition entirely in English with reduced plates was published in 1787.
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