Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

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Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

Postby admin » 15 Sep 2010 13:19

http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC5 ... &q&f=false

Not a treatise on fencing, but rather on swords themselves (with comments on their use). A very good read for anybody interested in swords.
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Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

Postby Dithyrambus » 15 Sep 2010 14:56

Good find!

Read through some of it this morning, there is also an interesting diagram of a guillotine axe. :)
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Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

Postby admin » 15 Sep 2010 17:03

I've owned this book for many years and frequently cited it, but I only just noticed it was now available on Google books.
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Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

Postby Dithyrambus » 15 Sep 2010 17:34

admin wrote:I've owned this book for many years and frequently cited it, but I only just noticed it was now available on Google books.



Found it at Amazon, look forward to it's arrival.

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Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

Postby admin » 13 Jan 2012 15:51

This article about the author (in French) may be of interest to some:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillaume_ ... arey-Monge
(Nice portrait!)

It seems that most of his combat experience was in Algeria.
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Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

Postby admin » 20 Sep 2013 17:17

It is important to note that the treatise by Marey survives, as far as I know, only in this English translation by Henry H Maxwell, formerly of the Bengal Artillery. He describes saving the treatise during the Indian Mutiny and translating it himself into English - he also added the various illustrations of swords and suchlike, as well as some notes of his own.

I looked up Maxwell's military record, which in 1863 lists some pretty impressive exploits already:
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