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Fechtbuch des einfachen Rapiers (MS germ.qu.1190/1191)

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Fechtbuch des einfachen Rapiers
MS germ.qu.1190/1191, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany
MS germ.qu.1190 001r.jpg
Title page (folio 1r)
Type Fencing manual
Date 1611
Language(s) Early New High German
Author(s) Unknown
Material Paper
Size 316/331 folia
Format Text with frequent illustrations
External data Library catalog entry
Treatise scans Digital scans

Fechtbuch des einfachen Rapiers ("Fencing Book of Simple Rapier"; MS germ. qu. 1190) and Fechtbuch Im Rappier unndt Dolchen ("Fencing Book in the Rapier and Dagger"; MS germ. qu. 1191) is a two-volume German fencing manual created by Hans Wilhelm Schöffer von Dietz in 1611.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

It seems to be the original version of Schöffer's treatise, which was copied several times and ultimately published in 1620 as Grůndtliche vñ eigentlichte Beschreibung der Fechtkunst. Schöffer was one of the most influential exponents of the tradition of Salvator Fabris, and this text represents a version of Fabris' own book with extensive additions and expansions by Schöffer. It is thus one of the longest rapier treatises ever written.



Vol. 1 Rapier by Hans Wilhelm Schöffer von Dietz
Vol. 2 Rapier and dagger by Hans Wilhelm Schöffer von Dietz


Additional Resources


  1. According to the title page.

Copyright and License Summary

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Transcription Index:Eigentliche Beschreibung des Fechtens ihm einfachen Rappir (MS Var.7)