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Angelo's School of Fencing 1787

PostPosted: 17 Apr 2009 19:02
by admin

Re: Angelo's School of Fencing 1787

PostPosted: 06 Dec 2009 01:40
by bigdummy
Anyone know anything about this book? Someone I know here had it briefly in their control at an antique bookstore. She sent me this information:



ANGELO, [Domenico]. School of Fencing, with a general explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art…. London: Printed for S. Hooper, 1765. Oblong folio, three quarter early brown calf, marbled boards, rebacked with original gilt spine strip laid down, all edges reddish-yellow. $11,500.

Second edition, and the first to include English text, of one of the most important books published in England on the subject of fencing, with 47 copper engravings, nearly all depicting poses of fencers “ in antagonism.”

Domenico Angelo Malevolti Tremamondo (1716-1802) used simply the name “Angelo” when, smitten with Peg Woffington, he moved to England in the 1750s. Considered by many to be the greatest fencing master of the 18thcentury, Angelo served as court instructor to the Princes, the Duke of Gloucester and Henry Federic, to whom the book is dedicated. The work, among the most influential in England after Vincentio Saviolo’s treatise on the subject, was also important on the continent, and is included in Diderot’s Encyclopédie under the heading “Escrime.” The first edition appeared in French only in 1763; this second edition is bilingual in two columns, and is the first to appear with English text. The plates are skillfully drawn and engraved by Hall, Ryland and Chambers; the impressions are excellent. Few copies have been located in English and American libraries; the British Library’s copy is incomplete, and fairly representative of a book often found, if at all, incomplete and in deplorable condition. Bookplate; early bookdealer’s description to rear pastedown. Early three quarter binding expertly rebacked with original spine laid down; light rubbing to contemporary marbled boards. New endpapers; French title page repaired along lower edge, both title pages with some creasing and minor soiling. A few plates with small tears not affecting images; light foxing throughout. Last leaf with paper repair along lower edge not affecting text. A very handsome copy of a magnificent and scarce book.

Re: Angelo's School of Fencing 1787

PostPosted: 06 Dec 2009 11:26
by admin
I believe that Angelo's 'School of Fencing' was republished many times after 1763.

Re: Angelo's School of Fencing 1787

PostPosted: 06 Dec 2009 20:20
by Kreivos
Also avaivable here (the whole book with plates):

Jukka Salmi

Re: Angelo's School of Fencing 1787

PostPosted: 06 Nov 2010 19:00
by IainC
The link is dead, but the full PDF can currently be found here.

Re: Angelo's School of Fencing 1787

PostPosted: 04 Aug 2013 19:48
by Roger N
Just updating the link to avoid confusion. It can be found here instead: