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The Art of Fencing: Or, the Use of the Small Sword Paperback – May 25, 2007
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The illustrations are generally clear and helpful, the text was translated from French in the early Eighteenth Century, but is very readable despite this. Not as comprehensive as Domenico Angelo's The School of Fencing: With a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art (published about thirty years after L'Abbat, in 1763), this book still lays down a basic and sound framework for the management of the small sword. The discipline of fencing had a ways to go at that point. With scholarship like this as a foundation, it is easy to see how it matured fairly rapidly in that period.
By itself it is a mildly interesting but basic text on smallsword fencing, but in the context of the development of fencing, this is a priceless addition to a student's understanding of the sequence of developments and innovations in fencing.
Don't get it as a first book on fencing, don't get it as a "how to" but it is an essential piece of the development of the art of fencing.
E. M. Van Court