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The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broad Sword and Sabre,



The Art of Defence on Foot with the Broad Sword and Sabre,Uniting The Scotch and Austrian Methods into One Regular Ststem. To which are added Remarks on the Spadroon.

Nine engraved plates, five of them folding, by Bawtree.

First Edition. 8vo. [234 x 148 x 15 mm]. [1]f, 108pp. Bound in the original blue boards, rebacked with blue paper, plain endleaves, uncut edges. (Boards a little stained and rubbed around the edge, brown mark on front pastdown, probably from removal of a label).
London: printed for T. Egerton, at the Military Library, near Whitehall, 1798

A little soiling and a few minor marks but a very good copy. There is a small black ink stamp of a crowned initial M within an oval on the front pastedown. This first edition is rare and is not recorded by Thimm or Pardoel. ESTC locates nine copies, at Cambridge, Guildhall Library, Oxford, two at Harvard, New York Public Library, Newberry, University of Colorado and University of Houston. A second edition was published by Egerton later in 1798 (Thimm p.249), and ESTC locates three copies, at the National Library of Scotland, Harvard and Society of Cincinnati. Pardoel adds a third edition of 1804 and a fourth edition of 1824.

The work is divided into two parts. The first refers to a Mode of Practice at a Target, and there is a note at the foot of p.5: "The target for this purpose will be found at the beginning of the book, from whence it may be taken and fixed against a wall or partition". This instruction is repeated on p.11: "Fix the sheet, on which the six cuts are described, flat to the wall, the centre of it about one inch below the height of your shoulder". There is no sign of the target sheet in this copy, so it was presumably put to use. The second part treats of the Practice with an Antagonist, and Roworth warns: "I would not however venture to recommend the practice with a friend for the sake of improvement with naked swords", as "an error in regard to the parades might prove fatal".

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