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The army and navy gentleman's companion, or a new and complete treatise on the theory and practice of fencing. Displaying the intricacies of small-sword play; And Reducing the Art to the most Easy & Familiar Principles by regular progressive Lessons. Illustrated by Mathematical Figures, and Adorned with elegant Engravings after paintings from Life, executed in the most masterly Manner representing every material Attitude of the Art. By J. Mc.Arthur of the Royal Navy.
- McArthur, John, 1755-1840.
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.
- Lonnergan, A.
The elaborately dressed rake holds a purse as a man presents him with an invoice; a lace-seller, a fencing master, a violin player, a cocker and a jockey represent the services and pursuits he is engaged in. Engraving by Thomas Bowles, 1735.
- Bowles, Thomas, II, active 1712-1767.