GUZMAN, Rolando

GUZMAN, Rolando. The Modern Art of Fencing Agreeably to the practice of the Most Eminent Masters in Europe

London, Printed for Samuel Leigh, 1822.


12mo. xxxi (i), 240 pp., with 23 hand-coloured engravings by S. Hall (including frontispiece). The title page with a quote by John Locke on education: “Fencing has so many advantages in regard to health and personal appearance, that every gentleman of respectability ought to have so striking a mark of distinction.” Untrimmed, with deckled edges. Purple buckram, a little worn and faded, mostly to spine and corners of covers. Carefully revised and augmented with a technical glossary in French and English by J. S. Forsyth, who was a student of the fencing master Guzman Rolando. Occasional age-yellowing throughout. Tender hinges. Illustrations are fine. Bookplate of Robert R. Martin on front pastedown. A good copy.