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
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.