Art of Defence on Foot, with the Broad Sword and Sabre: Adapted Also for the Spadroon, Or Cut and Thrust Sword...with Ten Lessons of John Taylor

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Egerton, 1804 - Fencing - 118 pages

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A copy of the missing target as cited in the review below can be found in "Cold Steel; The Art of Fencing with the Sabre" by Alfred Hutton, page 19.

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There originally was a 'target' with this book, which was meant to be unfolded and attached to a wall. It was probably hung to some wall a hundred years ago, and didn't get scanned. Because of this, much of the discussion of the cuts are undecipherable. But all isn't lost; start by going to page 30 first, and there you will find, I think, an idea of what the target looked like. You might try drawing this on a poster size piece of paper, without the dotted lines, and hang it on the wall.
In this old book, the letter that looks like 'f' is really 's', so that 'faft' is really 'fast'. And also 'fuffer' is really 'suffer', for which you can substitue the word 'allow'.
The drawings in the book were folded, and I suppose that Google used a machine to turn the pages when scanning the book, and the machine couldn't unfold the pages to scan the entire picture. Because of this, only parts of most pictures are shown.
The descriptions are good, but sometimes the words are ambiguous, and without being able to see the drawings, it's hard to figure out what he is saying. He uses English instead of Italian terms, which i like, until he gets about half way through, and then he starts popping up with 'quarte' and 'tierce'.
If a human took this book, and properly scanned the drawings, and if you can recreate the target, this would be a very good book, I think.
I have only read to page 50, because I was getting more and more lost without the drawings for reference. Also, the drawings were covering over the print, so that there were only blank pages showing, or a half a page.



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Page 90 - ... and his attention not being occupied by endeavouring to parry, his blow at the head would probably prove fatal, even though he received a cut on the leg at the fame inftant.
Page 88 - ... be always attended with an inclination of the body, and the head being thus brought forward, becomes expofed, even when the leg or thigh at which the ftroke is directed, is removed out of diftance.
Page 47 - ... on his blade, you may be enabled to deliver a cut without risk, even at the part he intends to secure, taking care to direct your blade in such a manner, that the plate or cross bar of your hilt...

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