Fencing Familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword. Illustrated by Elegant Engravings, Representing all the different Attitudes on which the Principles and Grace of the Art depend; Painted from Life, and executed in a most elegant and masterly Manner. A New Edition, Revised Corrected, and Augmented by an original Set of Prints.

London: John Bell, 1780. 8vo, [iv], xlvii, 205 pp, with 14 plates, including the frontispiece, the small plate on the dedication to the Earl of Harrington the and 12 folding plates. Blake engraved the third folding plate at the end, after J. Roberts. A very good copy, rebound in quarter green roan over green cloth boards, with gilt title lettering to spine, slight wear to spine ends, and spine slightly sunned. The half-title is moderately foxed, as is the English full title on the reverse. All other pages and all plates are unaffected and are very clean. The text is in both English and French with parallel versions facing on each opening. “A New Edition.” First published in 1771, here revised with a new set of plates. Text and title-pages in English and French. Plate number four engraved by a young William Blake. A simplified manual on fencing by Jean Olivier, whom was considered a master of the small sword in his time. ESTC T135608. Bentley, BB, 488, Essick, William Blake's Commercial Book Illustrations, II, p 20. (Item Id: 108747)

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