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A vívás - Chappon - 1892

PostPosted: 10 Jul 2014 11:56
by Ulrich von L...n
A Hungarian fencing book written by Baron Samu Chappon (1860-1926), Hungarian fencing master with French ancestors. The original title is A vívás művészetének elmélete (The theory of the art of fencing). The first part is about foil fencing, the second one is about sabre fencing (Page 53 in the book, Page 26 in the pdf).
Uploaded by the Order of the Sword (Hungarian HEMA organization).

The drawings are not very artistic, presumably done by the author himself. However not so bad as Lieutenant Pringle Green's drawing :wink:

PostPosted: 10 Jul 2014 12:04
by Ulrich von L...n
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Fig 16. Head cut (fencer A parries, fencer B lunges)

PostPosted: 11 Jul 2014 06:31
by Ulrich von L...n
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Samu(el) Chappon (1860(?)-1926)

The year of his birth isn't completely documented, in his obituary (August 17, 1926) is said that he was 68 years old, but in an email his distant relative has claimed that S Chappon was born on June 28, 1860 in Budapest.

PostPosted: 11 Jul 2014 06:41
by Ulrich von L...n
The above book was re-published again in 1904, and then in 1911 (the author's photo is from the last edition). The first edition was with bad - ok, let's say with so-so - drawings, and the last one with 26 photos. Later I will upload those photos on my blog. After having compared the text of the first and the last edition, it could be said that there is no difference between them.

PostPosted: 11 Jul 2014 15:16
by Ulrich von L...n
It is nice to see Chappon's book in the Emil Fick's library (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=845):

Chappon, Semu Báró
A vívás muvészeténck elmélete
Pécsett: Engel Lajos, 1892
112 p. ; ill., [22] illustrations

A small correction: Samu Chappon.
A minor remark: Hungarian "báró" is a title, and means Baron.

PostPosted: 11 Jul 2014 15:27
by Ulrich von L...n
Samu's father or grandfather, Louis Chappon (1802-1878) (later he used a Hungarian version of his first name Lajos) wrote another fencing book, in German, entitled Theoretisch-praktische Anleitung zur Fechtkunst (1839) and a Hungarian book on duelling (1848).

A descendant of Samu Chappon has said that according to the family stories Louis was Samu's father, but at the moment I haven't seen any conclusive proof of that.

PostPosted: 11 Jul 2014 15:37
by Ulrich von L...n
The portrait of Louis Chappon, from his duelling book (1848)

Four pages from his 1839 book: ... n-2_3.html ... lajos.html

PostPosted: 15 Jul 2014 06:30
by Ulrich von L...n
Two additional drawings from Louis Chappon's book (1839):

Two other drawings can be found in a book on the history of Hungarian sports, so at some stage I will photograph & upload them.

It seems that Samu Chappon copied and used drawings form Louis' book: he removed the wide waist band, added moustaches, and interestingly fencing sandals remained, his fencers wore them (AFAIK they weren't used in the last decade of the 19thC).

PostPosted: 15 Jul 2016 07:01
by Ulrich von L...n
A photo of Samu Chappon together with another Hungarian fencing master Lajos Vermes (Kolozsvár, 1903). ... -1903.html