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Auction Description for AdamsAmsterdam: Rare Books, Prints, Art & Architecture
Auction Description:
Rare Books, Prints, Art & Architecture
Viewing Notes:
25th & 26th September 11am to 5pm. 28th, 29th & 30th September 10am to 6pm. 1st October 10am to 2pm.
Sale Notes:
Due to processing reasons, we have been unable to translate the sale details on this occasion and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. www.adamsamsterdam.com

Rare Books, Prints, Art & Architecture

by Adams Amsterdam Auctions


742 lots

October 2, 2010

Herengracht 458

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1017 CA Netherlands

Phone: +31203201131

Email: mail@adamsamsterdam.com

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Lot 1: ABBAT, L' & MAHON, Andrew (transl.). The art of

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Description: ABBAT, L' & MAHON, Andrew (transl.). The art of fencing, or, the use of the small sword. London, Richard Wellington, 1735. 8vo. Contemp. calf, double gilt fillet, ribbed spine gilt, red morocco title label lettered in gold. With 12 engr. plates by Lud. du Dempsy showing several fencing techniques. (6), X, 133, (3) pp. Second English edition of an important work by Jean L'Abbat, advocating the French School. Dedicated by the translator to George Sackville. Publisher's advertisement on verso titlepage. The first edition appeared in 1734. Good copy.- (Neatly re-backed, first free endpaper loose, some offsetting, armorial bookplate of Sir Edward Wilmot to upper paste-down, bookplate of Robert R. Martin to first free endpaper. Thimm p. 1; Pardoel 1420 (erroneously? listing a French title); cf. Vigeant, pp. 76-77 First edition of an important and beautifully illustrated fencing treatise

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Lot 2: AGRIPPA, Camillo. Trattato di scientia d'arme, con

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Description: AGRIPPA, Camillo. Trattato di scientia d'arme, con un dialogo di filosofia. Rome, A. Blado, 1553. 4to. Nineteenth-century vellum, gold-tooled boards, spine gilt with black and red title labels lettered in gold, marbled endpapers, red edges. Engraved portrait of the author on verso of titlepage, 6 full-page engravings, 50 half-page engravings, fine woodcut initials. (4), LXX, (1) lvs. First edition of this beautifully illustrated, very important early fencing-treatise, by the highly educated author who introduced a practical reduction in the number of guards to only 4, and who was the first swordsman to have advocated the almost sole use of the point of the sword. Fine copy.- (Front board somewhat warped; bookplate on front endpaper). En Garde 26; Thimm p. 3f; Pardoel 15; Vigeant p.23f; Castle, Schools and masters of fence p. XXV and p. 45; Cockle 745; Lipperheide 2948; Harvard, Italian, 6 Beautifully illustrated bilingual treatise on fencing

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Lot 3: ANGELO. The school of fencing, with a general

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Description: ANGELO. The school of fencing, with a general explanation of the principal attitudes and positions peculiar to the art. L'école des armes, avec l'explication générale des principales attitudes et positions concernant l'escrime. London/Londres, S. Hooper, 1765. Oblong folio. Contemp. marbled calf, gilt ruling, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco title label lettered in gold. With 47 numb. full-page engr. plates, showing different fencing positions, by Hall, Ryland, Chanmber and Grignion after J. Gwyn. (6), 63, (5) pp. First bilingual edition of this important and beautifully illustrated work on fencing. The first edition was published in French in 1763 and re-issued in various sizes; the plates as well as the text were reproduced in the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert. Angelo Domenico Malevolti (1716-1802) was a son of a wealthy Italian merchant. When the author came to England, he changed his rather outlandish name into "Angelo". In England he was a fencing teacher to the English royal family, practising the fencing techniques and positions according to the French fencing school. Good copy.- (Skilfully re-backed with the original spine laid down, corners restored). Thimm, p. 10; Vigeant, p. 29; Pardoel 117

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Lot 4: London, n.publ., 1787. Oblong 8vo. Contemp.

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Description: London, n.publ., 1787. Oblong 8vo. Contemp. mottled calf, spine with red morocco title label, lettered in gold. With 47 numb. illustrations on 44 engr. plates, later handcolouring. VIII, 105, (1 blank), (8 index) pp. English edition of an important work on fencing, edited by the son of the author. All plates with later hand-colouring. Good copy.- (Skilfully re-backed, bookplate of Alfred Dyke Acland on paste-down, slight offsetting). Thimm p. 10 (identifying the translator as Rowlandson); Vigeant p. 29; Pardoel 122

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Lot 5: The school of fencing with a general explanation

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Description: The school of fencing with a general explanation of the principal attitudes and positions peculiar to the art. London, n.publ., 1787. Oblong 8vo. Contemporary calf, spine with red morocco title label lettered in gold. With 47 numb. illustrations on 44 engr. plates. VIII, 105, (1 blank), (8 index) pp. English edition of an important work on fencing, edited by Mr Angelo's son. With an engr. advertisement of 'Mr. Angelo and Son' on paste-down, advertising for fencing lessons. Good copy.- (Skilfully re-backed, boards chafed, corners bumped, some offsetting). Thimm p. 10 (identifying the translator as Rowlandson); Vigeant p. 29; Pardoel 122

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