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The last of the Bolognese: Senese’s The True Handling of the Sword, yours free.

I am delighted to announce that the National Fencing Museum's copy of Alessandro Senese's rapier treatise from 1660 is now available to download from here. The download includes a zip file of edited jpgs, and a pdf for handy reference. If you need the full-res raw files at 25mb/page, email me and I'll send you a link.

The book is in beautiful condition, and is perfectly legible throughout (assuming you read Italian and Latin). Most of the technical content is in Italian, though there is a long section at the end in Latin with some very interesting illustrations:

I think the text means “figure that shows the theory of wounding the left side of the enemy”, but my Latin is shockingly bad, so don't take my word for it.

This is a wonderful little book- and it's yours to do what you want with. These images come from the photo shoot I did at the museum with Malcolm Fare and James Hester, and are released into the public domain. Note though that the more money they generate through your voluntary donations, the faster we will get the rest of the images we shot edited and out into your waiting hands.

It's here.

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