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Publisher: LASTMAN, Claes Pietersz.
Title: Fencing: from: The Academy of the Sword.
Published: Leyden, ca. 1628

Size: 20.3 x 28.5 inches.
51.5 x 72.3 cm.
Colouring: Original colours
Condition:  Good. Full page with ample margins, middle fold as published, verso blanc, some very minor tears, closed with archival (Filmoplast P) acid free tape, very little discolouring, 'dog-eared' at bottom right. Nicely coloured.
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A beautiful and very rare engraving from the famous and most comprehensive handbook for the art of fencing: Gerard Thibault (1574-1629): 'Academie de L'Espée de Girard Thibault d'Anvers, ou se demonstrent Par Reigles Mathematiques sur le fondement d'un Cercle Mysterieux La Theorie Et Pratique des vrais et iusqu'a present incognus secrets Du Maniement Des Armes A Pied Et A Cheval', published: Abraham & Bonaventura Elsevier, Leyden, 1628/30. [or: Academy of the Sword].
The book is a richly illustrated fencing manual, which is the most comprehensive work of its type, showing and demonstrating by mathematical rules on the foundation of a mysterious circle the theory and practice of the true...secrets of handling arms. The preparation of the copperplates took several years and was carried out by 16 different engravers.
Here offered is the print 'Tabula III' by Claes Pietersz. Lastman (ca. 1586-1625), showing fencing practice in the 17th century, carried out by eight fencers in a classical renaissance building. A really very beautiful copper engraving with contemporary colouring, heightened in gold.
Signed bottom left: 'Nicol. Lasman Sculp. Amstel.'

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