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OLIVIER, J.

Fencing familiarized: a new treatise on the art of sword play.   London: John Bell, 1771.

8vo. xliv, 196, [1] pp. With 9 engraved plates (8 folding). Cloth-backed boards, spine label. Printed in English and French. Uncut. $1,250.00

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.


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