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Gründtliche Beschreibung der freyen ritterlichen unnd adelichen Kunst des Fechtens in allerley gebreuchlichen Wehren mit vil schönen und nützlichen Figuren gezieret und fürgestellet (A Thorough Description of the Free Knightly and Noble Art of Fencing, in All the Typical Guards, Adorned and Arranged with Many Beautiful and Useful Figures)

Joachim Meyer (German, active 16th–17th century)
Woodcuts by Tobias Stimmer (German, active 16th–17th century)
dated 1570
German, Strasbourg
Ink, paper
Books & Manuscripts
Credit Line:
Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1957
Accession Number:
Not on view
Meyer was one of the most influential later proponents of the Geman long sword, following the techniques first codified two centuries earlier by Johannes Liechtenauer. Meyer's manual appeared in four editions between 1570 and 1660. It is divided into five sections, the first and longest dealing with the art of the long sword. The others include instruction in the Dussack (a saberlike wooden practice weapon indigenous to Germany), rapier techniques based on the Italian school, dagger fighting, and the use of various staff weapons.
La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 9, ill.

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