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The fencer's guide; being a series of every branch required to compose a complete system of defence, Whereby the Admirers of Fencing are gradually led from the First Rudiments of that Art, through the most complicated Subtilties yet formed by Imagination, or applied to Practice, until the Lessons, herein many ways varied, also lead them insensibly on to the due Methods of Loose Play, which are here laid down, with every Precaution necessary for that Practice. In four parts. Part I. and II. contains such a general Explanation of the Small Sword, as admits of much greater Variety and Novelty than are to be found in any other Work of this kind. Part III. shews, in the Use of the Broad Sword, such an universal Knowledge of that Weapon, as may be very applicable to the Use of any other that a Man can lawfully carry in his Hand. Part IV. is a compound of the Three former, explaining and teaching the Cut and Thrust, or Spadroon Play, and that in a more subtile and accurate Manner than ever appeared in Print. And to these are added particular lessons for the gentlemen of the Horse, Dragoons, and Light Horse, or Hussars; with Some necessary Precautions, and an Index explaining every Term of that Art throughout the Book. The Whole being carefully collected from long Experience and Speculation, is calculated as a Vade Mecum for Gentlemen of the Army, Navy, Universities, Academies, &c. By A. Lonnergan, Teacher of the Military Sciences.

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London : printed for the author, and sold by W. Griffin, in Catharine-Street, 1771.

Physical description

xv,[17],268,[2]p.,plate ; 8⁰.


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Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. (Eighteenth century collections online). Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.

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ESTC T166069


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