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Talhoffer Fechtbuch (MS 26.236)

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Talhoffer Fechtbuch
MS 26.236, Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York

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Date early 16th cenury
Language(s) Early New High German
Author(s) Hans Talhoffer
Scribe(s) Unknown
Size 129 folia (206 mm × 327 mm)
Format Double-sided; one illustration per side,
with text above
Exemplar(s) MS Chart.A.558 (1448)
External data Museum catalog entry
Treatise scans Digital scans

The MS 26.236 was copied in the early 16th century from the MS Chart.A.558, a German fencing manual created by Hans Talhoffer in 1448.[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY.


The known provenance of the MS 26.236 is:[1]

  • Copied from the MS Chart.A.558 in the early 16th century by an unknown scribe.
  • before 1926 – acquired by Miss Marguerite Keasbey (donated New York, 1926).
  • 1926-present – held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


2r Swordsman kneeling under crucifix
3r - 13v Ueber die Erhaltung des Sieges by Johannes Hartlieb
14r - 16v Recital on the long sword by Johannes Liechtenauer
18r - 20r Recital on mounted fencing by Johannes Liechtenauer
21r - 45r Long shield dueling by Hans Talhoffer
45v Recital on the short sword by Johannes Liechtenauer
46r - 69r Short sword by Hans Talhoffer
74r - 81rv Poleaxe by Hans Talhoffer
82r - 103v Dagger by Hans Talhoffer
106r - 111v Grappling by Ott Jud
116v - 127v Grappling by Hans Talhoffer


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