8 December 2015
MUELLER, Philipp. Theoretike kai praktike eisegesis tes spathaskias. Athens: K. Ralle, 1847. [Bound with:] Theoria tes xiphaskias. Athens: G. Chartaphylakos, 1848.
2 works in one volume, small 8° (141 x 103 mm). 15 and 12 lithographic plates. Contemporary blue embossed armorial boards.
Unrecorded fencing manuals written in modern Greek by a German teacher in the royal military school in Athens. The first work, on the use of the sabre, is dedicated to the Bavarian King Otto of Greece. The second work is on the foil. Both works include illustrations of fencing stances, equipment, and attacks, including a particularly detailed diagram of various hand positions for gripping the weapon.
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