Books of the Sword

FencingClassics offers our readers the opportunity to sell or trade their duplicate copies of rare and not-so-rare books on fencing, dueling, swords, and martial arts.

We function as a facilitator, not a seller. Neither FencingClassics, nor Secret Archives Press LLC assumes any responsibility for the accuracy of descriptions or any other part of the transaction.

Each item listed for sale is linked to a CONTACT email or website. Interested parties should contact the seller directly.


Auerswald, Fabian von Ringer kunst. Fünff und achtzig stücke zu ehren Kurfürstlichen gnaden zu Sachssen & c. Durch Fabian von Auerswald zugericht. (REPRINT if the 1539 Wittenberg edition by Lufft), Leipzig, Edition Leipzig, 1987;  46 pp, numerous woodcuts by Lucas Cranach the Younger; in an illustrated and embossed cardboard slipcase. Book Condition: Like New. Includes G. Witt u. G. Wonneberger: “Die Ringer kunst des Fabian von Auerswald – kultur- und sporthistorische Aspekte”  and W. Schade “Der jüngere Cranach und die Ringer kunst des Fabian von Auerswald”. This is edition was produced in the last 2 years of the Communist regime in East Germany, which means no expense was spared in producing it. $45  CONTACT

Dörnhöffer, Friedrich Albrecht Dürers Fechtbuch, Vienna,  1910. Folio. 107 b/w photographic plates and two color plates showing wrestlers and fencers using two-handed swords and falhions/Messer. Contemporary cardboard binding with cloth spine. Book Condition: Near Excellent. $1,500  CONTACT

Fabris, Salvator De lo schermo ovvero scienza d’arme Copenhagen, Henricus Waltkirch, 1606$3,500 plus s/h.  CONTACT

NEW LISTING: Hergsell, GustaTalhoffers Fechtbuch (Gothaer Codex) aus dem Jahre 1443. Gerichtliche und andere Zweikämpfe darstellend, Prag: self-published, 1889, VII/42pp, 160 sepia lithographs, very good. $1,100 CONTACT

All sales are subject to availability.


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