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Nuevo Arte de Esgrima, conforme la practica de los mejores maestros de Europa.  Aumentado y Corregido por J.S. Forsyth; y Traducido del Ingles por un Militar Español.

£480

London, Ackermann, y en su establecimiento en Megico: asimismo em Colombia, en Buenos Ayres, Chile, Peru y Guatemala, 1826.

Description

12mo.  xvi, 194 pp., (3) ff. with catalogue of recent publications.  With 23 coloured engraved plates.  Contemporary red calf (head of spine skilfully repaired, lower corners bumped).   Dedication in ink on front flyleaf, front hinge weak, some occasional spotting & discolouration.

The book is illustrated with 23 attractive coloured plates and gives instructions on the art of fencing, which by the end of the 18th century had become a recreational sport.   The work first appeared in English in 1822 (London, Samuel Leigh).   Leguina states that the author was a French fencing master established in London, a pupil of Danet, who had refined the art of his master with the further sophistications of his age.   Rudolph Ackermann, an astute businessman famed for his printing of colour-plate books, employed many Spanish exiles in the publication of his works in Spanish, several of which appeared thanks to the sponsorship of Spanish American diplomats anxious to promote education in the newly independent countries.   To encourage sales his son, George, was dispatched to Mexico City to open a bookshop there.  

Palau 276327.   Thimm, Carl A., A complete Bibliography of fencing & duelling, p. 244.   Leguina, Bibliografia e historia de la esgrima espanola, 272 (p. 130).

 

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