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Fechtkunst aus dem Italienischen (MS Dresd.C.94a)

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Fechtkunst aus dem Italienischen
MS Dresd.C.94a, Sächsische Landesbibliothek
Dresden, Germany

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Type Fencing manual
Date before 1635
Language(s) Early New High German
Author(s) Salvator Fabris
Scribe(s) Unknown
Illustrator(s) Unknown
Material Paper
Size 252 folia (230 mm × 338 mm)
Treatise scans Digital scans

Fechtkunst aus dem Italienischen ("The Art of Fencing, from the Italian"; MS Dresden C.94a) is an anonymous German translation of Salvator Fabris' 1606 fencing manual Scienza d’Arme,[1] probably created before 1635.[citation needed] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek in Dresden, Germany. This is one of four known 17th century German translations of Fabris' work, and includes sketches of all of the original illustrations.

Unfortunately, this manuscript was improperly stored during World War II and suffered extensive water damage, rendering parts of it almost illegible.


The manuscript contains two names that may indicate possible previous owners (possibly including the translator): on the first page "Melchior of Schwalbach" and on the inside cover plates "Ludov Rudolph Senft à Pilsach".[1]

Before its acquisition by a predecessor of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek, it was owned by the Bibliotheca Senftiana (as MS (a) 87.) and K. Sächs. Engraving Gallery (Biblioth. Archive Vol 312 Bl 53).[1]


2r - 3v Preface and introduction (title page is washed out)
4r - 86v The first book, Rapier alone
87r - 139r The first book, Rapier and dagger
139v - 154r The first book, Rapier and cloak
154v - 210r The second book, Rapier alone
210r - 240r The second book, Rapier and dagger
240r - 252v The second book, Rapier and cloak, wrestling, dagger alone


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