In 1670, Philibert De La Touche published an extraordinary book, Traicté sur les vrays principes de 1’espée seule (Treatise on the true principles of the sword alone). one of the earliest fencing manuals to cover the dazzling new style of sidearm, the smallsword. Light, fast and deadly, it was all the rage in the Royal court of France, and swiftly spread to most of Europe. This book represents a key moment in the history of fencing. And it is yours, free. You can download a pdf of the…
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Spada Press is delighted to announce that we have released the first of our National Fencing Museum collection treatises free into the world. Philibert De La Touche’s seminal work Traité de Vrais Principes d’espee seule (Treatise on the true principles of the sword alone), is now ready, thanks to the tireless work of Jim Alvarez, who cropped, […]
Some time ago we spent three full days at the National Fencing Museum with a decent camera and a book-photography rig, taking hi-res images of the cream of their amazing collection of treatises, with the kind assistant of James Hester, and Malcolm Fare (whose collection this is). I have 122 gigabytes of raw images, that […]
One of the many wonderful things about the treatises we publish is that when we show them to the general public, they can see how beautiful the artwork is. It blows them away. Part of what we are trying to do here is preserve and distribute great works of art. I came up with the concept […]