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William Hope
A New Short and Easy Method of Fencing
Edinburgh: James Watson, 1707. First edition. Leather. Very Good Indeed. 8" by 6". None. A smartly bound, extremely scarce first edition of this important treatise on Fencing. In a contemporary binding, retaining the original endpapers. With the bookplate of one Mark Dineley to the front pastedown. Possibly the same Dineley of Ferne House, Berwick St John. Contemporary owner's inscription to the title page. Bound without the errata and the folding plate. Facsimile of folding plate is loosely inserted. Retaining the folding leaf rules scheme of laws for the management of a School of Arms and without folding plate at page 232. A scarce work, written by an authority on fencing, Sir William Hope. Hope is notable for his criticism of the French Small-Sword system he personally trained in. He felt that the true Art of Defence lay in the English back-sword method. This work explains his theories, and is his most famous. With the dedication to the Earl of Marischal, William Keith. ESTC reference no: T72974. A smart copy of this important fencing treatise. In the contemporary calf binding. Rebacked, with the original boards preserved and the original spine laid down. Externally, very smart with light rubbing to the spine and to the board edges. Bookplate to the front pastedown, Mark Dineley. Prior owner's inscription to the title page. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright. Minor worming from page 95-153, only affecting the occasional words. Worming is at its heaviest to page 113-121. Very Good Indeed
Bookseller: Rooke Books [United Kingdom]
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