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Mat They Works of George Silver

Mat They Works of George Silver

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THEWORKSOF
GEORGESILVER
COMPRISING
"PARADOXES0FOEFEN
C
E"
(Pn-n!cdIn
1599
and
nmtJ
repn·nttd]
AND
.....
"BREF
lNSTRUCTIONS
VPOMY
PRADOXESOFDEFENCE"
[Prtnlt!a
for
the
first
time
from
flu
MS.
in
the
On-tishMuseum]
EDITED
WITH
ANINTRODUCTIONBY
CYRILG.
R.
MATTHEY
CAPTAIN,f.OSDON"liTF'LEaJurrAnR;M:~MIJ.EROil"THELONDO::i
FE;:NCING
C1.lJ!~;
At-i'u
MIIM8R~
D'ItONNI!:t,:JR
:OUCltRcr_:E'
'D~ItSiC.JUl-"B
DE
BkUXE.a...
LEs.
WIT1-IEIGHTCOLLOTYPEREPRC)DUCTIONS
FRO~I
TIlE
?tfS~IN
THE
BRITISII
I\fUSEUh.f
LONDON
GEORGEBELLAND
SONS,YORKSTREET
COVENT
GARDEN
1&j8
 
INTRODUCTION~
N
1599
acertainGeorgeSilverpublishedaworkentitled"Paradoxes
of
Defence,whereinisprovedthetrvegroundsof
Fight
to
bein
the
shortauncientweapons,andthattheshortSwordhathaduantageof
the
long
Sword
orlongRapier.AndtheweakenesseandimperfectionoftheRapier-fightsdisplayed,TogetherwithanAdmonition
to
thenoble,ancient,victorious,valiant,andmostbrauenationofEnglishmen,·tobewareoffalse
teachersof
Defence,
and
bowtheyforsaketheirownenaturallfights
=
withabriefecommendationofthenoble
scienceor
exercisingofArmes.
By
George
Siluer
Gentleman~
London,PrintedforEdvvardBlount.I599.
j"
dedicated
H
To
the
Right
Honorable,mySingvlarGoodLord,RobertEarleofEssexandEwe,EarleMarshallofEngland,ViscountHereford,LordFerrersofChartley,BourchierandLouaine,MaisteroftheQueenesMaies-tieshorse}&oftheOrdenance,ChancelloroftheVniuersitieofCambridge,
Knight
ofthemostnobleorderoftheGarter,andoneofherHighnessemost
 
I
NTRODUCTION~
....
VIi
inquestion
existed,"
but
remained
unknown
exceptto
very
fewpeopleup
to"
about
the
year
1890,
atwhich
timeit
was
discovered
inthe"MS.Departmentof
the
BritishMuseumbythelateMr..\V.London.
He
was
warned
at
the
Museum
tobeware
of
assumingthework
tobe
autograph,
but
he
afterwards
stated
in
a
letter
to
CaptainHutton
that
he
found
U
the
educated
but
careless
and
corrupt.spellingto
be
characteristicofSilver."
and
also
that
he
Ie
considered
it
to
be
the
oldest
Englishtreatise
on
arms,
with
the
exception
of
that
onthetwo-hand
swordin
the
Harleian
MS.(3542).
whichdates
from
the
fifteenth
century."
The
u
Bref"Instructions
tJ
consistof
thirty-
four"closely-writtenpagesinverygood
preservation,
therebeingbutfew
places,and
those
of
comparative
_insignificance,where
the
handwriting
istoofaded
to
be
legibJe;
in
such
casesthe
context,
however,
clearly
con...
veysthe
meaning"
It
is
interesting
to
notethat
the
MS.-ofthe"Paradoxes
II
is
alsointhe
Libraryof
theBritish
Museum,having
been
purchasedin
1892
at
the
sale
oftheMSS.ofEdwinH~Laurence,Lot
6031
at
a
costof
£II.
Fromthetimethat
the
MS~
of
U
Bref
Instructions
H
firstbecameknown
to
Mr.London
he
appearstohave
studied
it
withconsiderable
care,
and,
although
not
him-selfafencer"he
becameatonce
soconvincedofthe
prac....
=-
MS"
4
7pages.No.34,192..
U
With'
EpistleDedecatorie'
(ff~
4-6)to
Robert[Devereux,2nd]
Earl
ofEssex+Probablytheactual
presenta-tion
copy,
&c."
VideTnimm's
"Bibliography
ofFencing
andDuelling."
b

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