Manuscripts from the Royal Armouries of London

The Royal Armouries of London, UK

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English Civilian Manuscripts

Description Cost
Angelo, Henry. The school of fencing : with a general explanation of the principal attitudes and positions peculiar to the art. London, 1787. Viii, 105 p., 47 leaves of plates : ill.  £16*
Blackwell, Henry. The gentleman's tutor for the small sword, or, The compleat English fencing master.... London: printed for J. and T.W., 1730. 55 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. £6
Chapman, George. Foil practise : with a review of the art of fencing, according to the theories of La Boessiere, Hamon, Gomard, and Grisier / by George Chapman. - London : W. Clowes and Sons, 1861. 50 p., [4] leaves of plates (some folded),: ill £6*
Guillet de Saint-Georges, George le sieur de. The gentleman's dictionary. London : printed for H. Bonwicke, 1705. 3 v. in 1 ([101] p., [1] folded leaf of plates; [120] p., [1] folded leaf of plates; [157] p., [1] folded leaf of plates), ill. (Translation of: Les arts de l'homme d'epee / par Sieur Guillet. With large additions, alterations and improvements, adapted to the customs and actions of the English, and above forty curious cuts that were not in the original) £38*
Hope, Sir William. The sword-man's vade-mecum, or, A preservative against the surprize of sudden attaque with sharps ... / by W.H. Edinburgh: printed by John Reid, 1691. 97 p £10*
Hope, Sir William. The compleat fencing-master : in which is fully described the whole guards, parades and lessons, belonging to the small sword ... / by Sir W. Hope. London : printed for Dorman Newman, 1691. 197 p., [12] folded leaves of plates, ill £20*
Hope, Sir William. A new, short and easy method of fencing, or, The art of the broad and small sword rectified and compendized / by Sir William Hope. Edinburgh : printed by James Watson, 1707. xviii, 288 p. £30*
Hope, Sir William. A vindication of the true art of self-defence ... / by Sir William Hope. London : printed and sold by W. Meadows, 1729. xxviii, 176 p., [1] leaf of plates, ill £21*
Hutton, Alfred. Old sword-play : the systems of fence in vogue during the XVIth, XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries... London: H. Grevel, 1892. Illustrated after Marozzo, di Grassi, Thibault, Alfieri, de la Touche, de Liancour, Angelo, Weischner, etc. - Limited ed. of 300 copies. x, 36 p., [58] leaves of plates : ill £10*
Labat. The art of fencing, or, The use of the small sword / translated from the French of the late celebrated Monsieur L'Abbat by Andrew Mahon. London : printed for Richard Wellington, 1735. x, 133 p., 12 leaves of plates, ill £15*
McArthur, J. The army and navy gentleman's companion, or, A new and complete treatise on the theory and practice of fencing: displaying the intricacies of small-sword play ... London: printed for James Lavers, 1780. xxiv, 159 p., [20] leaves of plates (some folded) :ill. £20
Olivier. Fencing familiarized, or, A new treatise on the art of small sword / by Mr. Olivier ; L'art des armes simplifie, ou, Nouveau traite fur la maniere de se fervir de l'epee / par Mr. Olivier. New ed., revised, corrected and augmented. London : printed for John Bell, 1780. xlviii, 205 p., some plates missing £13*
Pollock, Walter H. Fencing / by Walter H. Pollock, F.C. Grove, and Camille Prevost ; Boxing / by E.B. Michell ; Wrestling / by Walter Armstrong. - 2nd ed. - London : Longmans, Green, 1890. xvi, 304 p., [31] leaves of plates, ill. (The Badminton Library) £16*

F = £8

B = £4

W = £4

Roland, George. An introductory course of fencing / by George Roland. 2nd ed. Edinburgh : published by the author, [1837]. 41 p., 5 leaves of plates, ill  
Roland, Joseph. The amateur of fencing, or, A treatise on the art of the sword defence... / by Joseph Roland. London : printed for the author by W. Wilson, 1809. xxxii, 228 p £25*
Wright, Francis Vere. The broadsword, as taught by the celebrated Italian masters, signors Masiello and Ciullini of Florence / by Francis Vere Wright. - London : W.H. Allen, 1889. 56, xxxi p., [4] leaves of plates, ill £9*

French Civilian Manuscripts

Italian Civilian Manuscripts

German Civilian Manuscripts

British Military Manuscripts

French Military Manuscripts

American Military Manuscripts

An * next to the price denotes manuals already copied; orders for the other manuals will take slightly longer.

Updated: August 10, 1999