Item #2632 Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas. Manuel Antonio de BREA.
Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas.
Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas.
Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas.
Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas.
Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas.
FINELY ILLUSTRATED FENCING MANUAL WITH A MODERN TAKE ON THE “DESTREZA” WITH A MILITARY PROVENANCE
Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1805.

Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadin, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas.

Small 4to. 21cm x 14cm. [8], 68 pp., 18 full-page engraved illustrations. Bound in Spanish original calf. Excellent.

First and only edition of this Spanish classic on fencing, composed of 24 chapters and 18 finely engraved informative full-page illustrations. The book deals with the Iberian style of swordmanship called Verdadera Destreza (“the true one”). Brea, one of the last masters of this art, modified the principle of Verdadera Destreza to suit his own vision, mixing it with German, French and Italian fencing philosophies, simplifying the concepts, and making it more accessible to the public. The Destreza is a specific calculation of an imaginary circle, delineating a distance that is as close as possible while remaining out of reach, which allows the fencer to be safe from his opponent’s blade yet able to attack effectively. The book is a teaching manual, with each chapter covering a different topic: the use of the rapier or foil, holding and gripping the sword, the optimal position of the fencer in relation to his opponent and suggestions for steps, oblique and angled positions, attacks (chapter 10), binding the opponent’s blade, the preferred movements of the weapons, how to disengage the opponent’s weapon, landing an attack, thrusts, defense, attacks and defense with daggers, and the etiquette of fencing. Chapter 20 is of special interest, as it offers three general strategies: engaging with your opponent (seven different tactics), controlling your opponent and his sword, and disengaging. Each strategy provides a series of options or tactics.

PROVENANCE: Capitán José María de Miranda, whose inscription dated 1837-38 appears on the rear flyleaf, was probably involved in the First Carlist War in Spain from 1833-40, as he mentions his commanding general, Balmaseda, who was almost certainly Juan Manuel Balmaseda (1801-1846), a Carlist general during that civil war (cf. https://dbe.rah.es/biografias/32387/juan-manuel-balmaseda).

Price: $1,850.00

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