Salvator Fabris: “On Defense, or the Science of Arms” Manual in English

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A unique and beautiful translation of the original Italian treatise designed to resemble the look and feel of the original, but read in English!

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Salvator Fabris’ Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme

A unique and beautiful translation of a truly classic Italian fighting manual. On Defense, or the Science of Arms has been designed to resemble the look and feel of the 1606 original, but read in English! Nearly 200 detailed plate engravings are preserved, illustrating and illuminating his techniques. The original Italian text has been expertly translated into English by researcher and master instructor Tom Leoni.

Written in the first decade of the 1600s, Salvator Fabris’ Lo Schermo, overo Scienza d’Arme (“On Defense, or the Science of Arms”) is an essential Italian martial arts treatise for every sword enthusiast. Unmatched in its detail in both describing fencing theory and principles, it aims to be a complete resource for the student of the renaissance rapier.

On Defense, or the Science of Arms includes detailed instruction on single rapier, rapier and dagger, grapples, rapier and cloak, unarmed vs dagger, and one curious play of spear vs rapier.

The importance of Fabris’ work can hardly be overstated. His treatise was reprinted for over a hundred years after his death, plagiarized several times by later writers, and translated into both German and Latin. He is almost universally praised by later masters and fencing historians.

This book ships as a two-volume set, Book I, and Book II. Contact us if you would like to be put on the waiting list for a single-volume leather bound edition.

Single Page Size: 9″ wide, 12.6″ tall (228 mm x 320 mm)
Binding: Hidden wiro spine with wraparound cover, lays flat
Printing: High-resolution digital offset on uncoated text-weight paper

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