THE AMATEUR OF FENCING, by Joseph Roland - 1809 [1st ed.]


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The Amateur of Fencing;

or a Treatise on the Art of Sword-Defense

by Joseph Roland 

First edition.  London:  Printed by W. Wilson, 1809 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.*

  • Brown paper covers have dark blue spine with cream paper title label. 
  • Boards show some age, cracking at shoulders, marks, smudges, heavy edgewear.  Corners are bowed, frayed, with exposed board.  
  • Spine shows cracking, has printed label partially effaced, with chipped and frayed ends.  See photos.  
  • Binding is intact, cracks open to stitching in places, as at pgs. 64-65, 78-79, 144-145.  See photos.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some pencil marks. 
  • Interior exhibits few signs of age and wear, with some scattered marks. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges. 
  • PS2023.1004

228 pages. 5.5 x 8.75 inches.

Joseph Roland (d. 1816?) was the Fencing Master of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in England.  He wrote this treatise on the art of sword-defense, as he called it, "chiefly for those persons who have only acquired a superficial knowledge of the subject."  A manual of instruction, the pages that follow explain the why and how of fencing technique and strategy. 

A fine piece of the printer's art, with generous font and spacing, printed on good white paper.

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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