Titre : The Book Of The Sword
Éditeur : Chatto and Windus
Date d'édition : 1884
Edition : 1st Edn,
XXXIX 299 pages, large 8vo., illus throughout the text, original pictorial grey cloth showing 2 crossed swords within decorative borders, printed in brown to upper cover, gilt title and sword vignette to spine, bumping to base of spine, light rubbing to head and tail of spine and edges, light dust soiling to cloth, vg. A scarce Burton title often found in poor condition. Originally planned to be the 1st of 3 volumes a plan abandoned after the books poor sales. Burton was an accomplished swordsman among his many skills. In the introduction Burton notes the book "has occupied me as many years not only of study and thought, but travel and inspection were found indispensable. A monograph of the sword and its literature involves visiting all the great armouries of continental Europe and a journey to India 1875-6". N° de réf. du libraire 16509
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