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The sword's-man: containing a series of observations on the use of the sword

Author John Ferdinand
Title The sword's-man: containing a series of observations on the use of the sword
Imprint Edinburgh: A. Robertson
Date of Publication 1788
Language English
Notes This is an unrecorded pamphlet on fencing. It is aimed at the gentleman amateur and aims to impart lessons which are "easy, safe, and void of those flourishes, only intended to divert the curious and ignorant." The author, John Ferdinand, is recorded in a contemporary post office directory as a "Fencing master" residing in Gavinlock's land, a close off what is now known as the Lawnmarket, nothing more has been discovered about him. The pamphlet was originally part of a volume in the library at Fettercairn house, home of the family of Forbes of Pitsligo, which was sold off at auction in 2016.
Shelfmark RB.s.2933
Acquired on 22/04/17
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