Very rare second edition of this beautifully illustrated work by the ‘Freyfechter zu Strassbourg’ (title-p). The almost identical first edition was published in Strasburg, in 1570. “Meyer’s celebrated work, which appeared in 1570, contains in a more systematic shape an equally complete account of the use of the popular weapons ‘Dusäck’, ‘Schwerdt’, ‘Helleparten’, and ‘Pflegel’ (halbert and flail), together with a thorough system of the rapier, imitated from that of Grassi and Viggiani.” (Castle). “Meyer est le plus renommé des ansciens Maîtres d’armes allemands, et son splendide ouvrage, avec celui de Lebkommer and Jacob Sutor, sont les plus importants de ceux parus en Allemagne.” (Vigeant).
Good copy, with 2 unidentified old heraldic owner’s stamps on title-p. and old owner’s entry “Ex libris Nix (?) de Weinziere” on upper pastedown.- (Blank margins at the beginning and end sl. dam. (sl. affecting the printed area of the title and the first text leaf) but strengthened with papers trips; title backed with very thin paper; sl. waterst. Throughout; first free endpaper loose and upper pastdown with estensive old annotations; vellum soiled/waterwrinkled). Thimm p. 192; Pardoel 1762; Castle. Schools and masters of fence, p. XXXII (ed. 1570 and 1610) and p. 75; Vigeant p. 93; Cockle 751; En Garde 8 (ed. 1570)
Estimated € 3.000 - € 4.000. Sold for € 14.856 (incl. buyers premium)