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The Art of FencingThe Use of the Small Sword by L'Abbat, Monsieur

The Art of FencingThe Use of the Small Sword by L'Abbat, Monsieur



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or, the USE of the
Small SWORD.
Translated from the FRENCH of the late celebrated
Monsieur L'ABBAT;
Master of that ART at the Academy of TOULOUSE.
Printed by JAMES HORT, at the Sign ofMercury inSkinner-Row, 1734.

CHAP. I. Of chusing and mounting aBlade.
CHAP. II. Of Guard.
CHAP. III. Of Pushing Quart.
CHAP. IV. Of the Parade of Quart.
CHAP. V.Of pushing Tierce without, or on the Outside of the Sword.
CHAP. VI. Of pushingSeconde.
CHAP. VII. The Parades ofSeconde.
CHAP. VIII. OfQuart under the Wrist.
CHAP. IX.OfFlanconnade.
CHAP. X.OfParades.
CHAP. XI. Of thedemarches, or manner of advancing and retiring.
CHAP. XII.OfDisengagements.
CHAP. XIII.OfFeints.
CHAP. XIV. Of cutting over the Point of theSword.
CHAP. XV. Of theReprise, or redoubled Thrust.
CHAP. XVI. Of passingQuarte within the Sword.
CHAP. XVII. Of passingQuarte within the Sword.
CHAP. XVIII. Of Joining or seizing theSword.
CHAP. XIX. Of engaging inQuarte in a midling Guard.
CHAP. XX. Of engaging inTierce in the Midling Guard.
CHAP. XXI. Of several Guards, and the Manner of attacking them.
CHAP. XXII. Of Left-handed Men.
CHAP. XXIII. Of the Parade of the Hand.
CHAP. XXIV. Of the beat of the Foot, in closing the measure, or in the same place.
CHAP. XXV. Of the Good Effects of a nice Discernment of the Eye.
CHAP. XXVI. Of Time.
CHAP. XXVII. Of Swiftness.
CHAP. XXVIII. Of Measure.
CHAP. XXIX. Of the Necessity of some Qualities in a Master.

Small SWORD.
CHAP. XXX. Rules for pushing and parrying at the Wall, and for making an Assault.
CHAP. XXXI. Against several erroneous Opinions.
Thrusts of Emulation for Prizes, Wagers &c.
[Transcribers note: First page of dedication missing.]

sue for. I shall omit saying any Thing, My Lord, of the shining Qualities, which seem Hereditary in Your
Lordship's Family, as well as of the Dignity and Importance of the Charge with which His Majesty has been
pleased to entrust Your Lordship's Most Noble Father. Neither will I presume to trouble Your Lordship with
those Encomiums, which are most deservedly due to the Vertues, whereby Your Lordship has gained the
Admiration and Esteem of the Polite and Ingenious Persons of this Nation. Be pleased then, My Lord, to
permit me to have the Honour of subscribing myself,

My Lord,
Your Lordship's
Most devoted, and
Most humble

Andrew Mahon.

I thought it very suitable to my Business, when I met with so good an Author as MonsieurL'Abbat, on the Art
of Fencing, to publish his Rules, which in general, will I believe be very useful, not only as they may
contribute to the Satisfaction of such Gentlemen as are already Proficients in the Art, and to the better
Discipline of those who intend to become so, but also in regard that the Nicety and Exactness of his Rules, for
the most Part, and their great Consistency with Reason, may, and will in all Probability, lay a regular and
good Foundation for future Masters, who tho' accustom'd to any particular Method formerly practised, may
rather chuse to proceed upon the Authority of an excellent Master, than upon a vain and mistaken Confidence
of their own Perfection, or upon an obstinate Refusal to submit to Rules founded on, and demonstrated by

For my Part, though I had my Instructions from the late Mr. Hillary Tully ofLondon, who was (and I think
with great Reason) esteemed a most eminent Master in his Time, I thought I could not make too nice a
Scrutiny into my Profession, by comparing Notes with MonsieurL'Abbat, which improved me in some Points,

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