The Swordsman

A Manual of Fence, for the Foil, Sabre, and Bayonet; With an appendix consisting of the Code of Rules for assaults, competitions, etc.


Hutton, Alfred. London: H. Grevel & Co., 1891. 1st edition. 42 line drawings. Decorated purple cloth. 126 pp. 12mo. Very good.

An astounding little volume presenting a guide to all matters of fencing. Gilt fencer and embellished lettering on maroon cloth, with many illustrations. Spine crown and tail frayed and chipped; toning to the shelfback and rubbed edges. Bookplate on the pastedown, and an inscription on the flyleaf. Very scarce.


Alfred Hutton FSA (10 March 1839 – 18 December 1910) was a Victorian officer of the King’s Dragoon Guards, writer, antiquarian and swordsman. He originated the first English revival of historical fencing, together with his colleagues Egerton Castle, Captain Carl Thimm, Colonel Cyril Matthey, Captain Percy Rolt, Captain Ernest George Stenson Cooke, Captain Frank Herbert Whittow, Sir Frederick and Walter Herries Pollock.

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