An antique, 17th century engraving from the book Academie de l'Esp̩e (Leiden: B. & A. Elzevir: 1628). The image illustrates the defensive postures for a duel involving rapiers used in the Spanish style. Sponsored by the French King Louis XIII it is generally acknowledged as the most lavish and artistically accomplished fencing book ever produced. Framed.
Author: Girard Thibault (Dutch, c. 1574-1627) | Engraver: Willem Jacobsz Delff (Dutch, 1580-1638)
Circa 1628, later coloring
Width 36 Depth 1 Height 28 inches
Sight: Width 27 Height 19 inches