October 4th, 2005

The gentleman is always properly dressed

And where it's due

One thing that Joe made a point of leaving, noting that I was more likely to make use of it simply because I'd eventually get back to my translation, was Traité de l’Art de Faire des Armes by M. Louis-Justin la Faugère (Lyon: 1820) The book is not in the greatest of condition, thanks to the ham-handed treatment of the fold-out plates by an unnamed former owner and a desperate need for rebinding. Still, it is a nice addition to my smallish collection on the subject. I've all French masters at this point, partly due to availability and partly because I wouldn't have the first clue of how to approach early modern Italian, Spanish, or German.

Maître la Faugère is shown here in his relatively famous exhibition match against the Comte de Bondy. For what it's worth, I still haven't quite figured out how to translate espadon.