London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
ANGELO, Henry Charles William (1760-c.1839). A Treatise on the Utility and Advantages of Fencing ... to which is added a dissertation on the use of the broad sword. London: George Smeeton for the author, 1817. Oblong 2° (320 x 490mm). With the printed address to the reader tipped-in. 53 plates (of 54), comprising 46 engraved plates (of 47, lacking plate 31, evidently a binding error) after John Gwyn, 6 aquatint plates on the broad sword after Thomas Rowlandson, and a mezzotint portrait of the Chevalier de St George after Mather Brown. (Light spotting and occasional light marginal soiling.) Contemporary half calf, lettered up the side in gilt within a decorative border, edges red (extremities scuffed, cloth on the upper board rippled). Provenance: Hugh Lupus, 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899).
The first 47 plates appeared in Domenico Angelo's École des Armes (1763). His son Henry Angelo reuses these plates here to ‘convince the Nobility and Gentry of the utility of the art’ of fencing; the plates ‘may preserve the remembrance of the personal instruction which [the student has] received’. Henry’s work adds six plates on the broad sword by Rowlandson, and a memoir and portrait of the fencing master the Chevalier de St George. Thimm pp.10-11; Vigeant p.30.
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