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THE COMPLEAT FENCING-MASTER. ( Scots fencing-master ). in which is fully describ?d all the guards, parades and lessons belonging to the small-sword; as, also the best rules for playing against either Artists or others, with blunts or sharps.
Together With Directions how to Behave in Single Combat on Horse-Back: Illustrated with Figures Engraven on Copper-Plates, representing the most necessary Postures. By Sir W. Hope, Kt. and Lieutenant Governor of the Castle of Edinburgh. THIRD EDITION 1710. Small 8vo, approximately 165 x 100 mm, 6½ x 4 inches, 12 folding engraved plates, plate 10 misplaced at page 102 instead of page 110, pages: [22],1-167, [17], the last page misnumbered 197, should be 167, title page is a cancel, the running title is "The Scots Fencing Master", bound in modern half leather with marbled covers, gilt title and date to spine, new endpapers, original blank still present at A1. Spine slightly rubbed, original blank slightly chipped at edges and lower corner with small repair, plate 10 has a long narrow horizontal repair to blank side, with slight loss to size of image, making it slightly shorter than the other plates, the repair runs through the sky, it is also a little creased with pale age-browning, see attached image to listing, plate 12 has small repair to blank side, just affecting the top corner of the image, hardly noticeable, 1 prelim has small piece missing from margin, not affecting text, 1 page has a hole affecting 4 words, title page has old ink name erased, some tips of pages turned down and 1 tip missing, 1 plate has some pale printers ink marks, prelims age-browned, pale age-browning throughout, occasional brown spot, otherwise good copy. The plates are smaller than the text pages. This edition is quite scarce but a copy appeared in a sale of rare fencing books at Adams Amsterdam Auctions, lot 27, tps://www.liveauctioneers.com which had the same size plates, confirming that's how they were issued. This edition is a new edition of ?The Scots fencing-master?, first published in 1687 with a new title page. ESTC No. N27837. See Sotheby's, The Library of the Earls of Macclesfield, Volume 10, page 190, No. 3571; Carl A. Thimm, A Complete Bibliography of Fencing and Duelling, page 138. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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