The most important figure in the history of Western fencing was the Italian fencing master Salvatore Fabris.
While in the services of King Christian IV of Denmark, he wrote and published his De lo scherzo, overo scienza d’arme in Copenhagen in 1606.
This is a complete copy of the Italian-laguage first Waltkirch edition.
Printed in “Copenhaven: Henrico Waltkirch”, 1606;
Folio, 33cm, 256 pages, no frontispiece, but all other plates present. Some water staining throughout. Tear on front page. Bound in original brown leather, some wear throughout.
Fabris’ work was copied and plagiarized for over a century, and translated into German. His method, in its adaptation by Krueßler, is the main current in the 18th- and 19th-century German, or Kreußlerian, school of fencing.
“The first Danish baroque book and the first book printed in Denmark with copper engravings.”
$3,500 plus $25 insured s/h.
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