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.

£500

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.