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L'ecole des armes (Londres, 1763) by Domenico Angelo was the most important and lavish fencing manual of its day. Besides text, it featured beautifully illustrated plates by English artists depicting fencers, including the author himself, in various important poses. The illustrations were later used unaltered in the illustrative section on "Escrime" in the great Encyclopedie (1765).

Born in Italy, Angelo achieved great fame in England as founder of the House of Angelo, a highly fashionable fencing school which included the patronage of the Prince of Wales. The first edition copy in Special collections is a gift of Charles Schmitter and is part of the renowned Charles and Ruth Schmitter Fencing Collection.