London: John Bell, 1771. FIRST EDITION. With 9 engraved plates (8 folding). Cloth-backed boards, spine label. Printed in English and French. Uncut. Item #2698
First edition of Olivier's masterful descriptions of various fencing techniques, illustrated with elegant engravings. It is a thorough work "containing a simplified system shorn of all unnecessary and obsolete details." Olivier kept a flourishing school in St. Dunstan's Court, Fleet Street, and was perhaps, after Angelo, the most popular master of the small sword in London.