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Codex 59-6-2

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Codex 59-6-2
10.034, Fürstliche Sammlung Palais Liechtenstein
Vienna, Austria
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Alexander Doyle
WiktenauerLeng
Wierschin-Hils-
Also known as N-6-15
Type Fencing manual
Date 1715
Language(s)
Author(s)
Compiled by Unknown
Patron Kurfürst zu Maynz
Material Paper, mondern binding
Size 272 pages à 227 x 152 mm (width x height)
Format Double-sided, with black and red ink

The Codex 59-6-2 is a 3 parts compiled fencing manual written in German and Italian. The original currently rests in the holdings of the fürstliche Sammlung des Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria.

The book has a hardcover of unknown material in brown colour. The materials of the three parts of the compendium is paper only and the dimension of the pages are also equal sized. There is no visible sign of cutting some pages, but it is obvious that the single books has been dismantled, because there happened some mistakes in the reassembling of the first part. Figure 10 disappeared totally and the figures 51 and 52 have been mixed up.

The book contains three different fencing manuals:

  1. Alexander Doyle - Neu Alamodische Ritterliche Fecht- und Schirmkunst
  2. Francesco Alfieri - A picca
  3. Francesco Alfieri - La Bandiera

Neu Alamodische Ritterliche Fecht- und Schirmkunst

This codex was written in 1715 by Alexander Doyle an Irish fencing master in the services of the Kurfürst von Maynz (elector of Mayence) in German language. It treats in 60 plays the handling of the small sword and only the small sword. Play No. 10 is went missing during the reassembling of the compendium and fig. No. 51 and 52 has been inserted in the wrong order (52 before 51). Doyle wrote the book under the latest fashion of the french small sword tradition - at least he said so in his pretext where it is written "Das ist wahre und nach neuester Französischer Manier eingerichtete Unterweisung wie man sich in Fechten und Schirmen perfectionieren und verhalten solle: Denen respective Herren Liebhaberen zu besserer Erleuterung mit 60. hierzu dienlichen Figuren herausgegeben von Alexander Doyle aus Irland gebürtig. Ihrer Kurfürstlichen Gnaden zu Maynz verordneten Hof-Fechtmeistern"

Translation: This is the true and based on the latest French Design arranged instruction how someone should perfectionize and deal in fencing and protecting: Those respective (the fencing) loving gentlemen presented in 60 figures for their better understanding from Alexander Doyle born in Ireland. His electors grace of Mayence court fencing master.

Special for this book is the attached index register in which Doyle did list up all his figures titles and the page where to find it. Based on this index register the most amusing sounding "Dreyfache Finte" (triple feint) went missing.

A Picca

This part of the compendium was written by Francesco Alfieri in March 1641 for Count Ludwig von Ortenburg (a part Carinthia in Austria). Alfieri deals he only with the problems of "how to handle a pike". It is written in Italian and contains 16 chapters on 39 pages. It does not seem to be a fencing manual but an instruction how to handle, carry and hold a typical 17th century pike (length 5m and more). It ends with a "Conclusione dell'opera" with no index register at the end.

La Bandiera

This part of the compendium was also written by Francesco Alfieri in September 1638 and also for the Count Ludwig of Ortenburg. This book is also not a fencing manual, but an instruction for flag wavers. It is written in Italian and contains 28 chapters on 63 pages.

Contents

001-003 Cómpendium pages
004-076 Alexander Doyle - Neu Alamodische Ritterliche Fecht- und Schirmkunst - 1715
076-098 Francesco Alfieri - A picca - 1641
099-135 Francesco Alfieri - La Banderia - 1638
135-138 rear compendium page

Gallery

Front Hardcover
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compendium inlay
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compendium front page
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Alexander Doyle
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Doyle title page
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Doyle 1
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Doyle 2
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Doyle 3
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Doyle 4
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Doyle 5
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Doyle 6
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Doyle 7
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Doyle 8
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Doyle 9
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Doyle 10
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Doyle 11
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Doyle 12
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Doyle 13
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Doyle 14
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Doyle 15
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Doyle 16
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Doyle 17
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Doyle 18
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Doyle 19
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Doyle 20
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Doyle 21
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Doyle 22
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Doyle 23
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Doyle 24
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Doyle 25
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Doyle 26
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Doyle 27
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Doyle 28
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Doyle 29
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Doyle 30
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Doyle 31
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Doyle 32
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Doyle 33
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Doyle 34
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Doyle 35
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Doyle 36
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Doyle 37
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Doyle 38
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Doyle 39
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Doyle 40
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Doyle 41
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Doyle 42
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Doyle 43
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Doyle 44
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Doyle 45
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Doyle 46
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Doyle 47
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Doyle 48
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Doyle 49
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Doyle 50
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Doyle 51
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Doyle 52
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Doyle 53
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Doyle 54
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Doyle 55
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Doyle 56
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Doyle 57
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Doyle 58
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Doyle 59
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Doyle 60
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Doyle 61
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Doyle 62
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Doyle 63
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Doyle 64
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Doyle 65
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Doyle 66
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Doyle 67
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Doyle 68
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Doyle 69
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Doyle 70
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Doyle 71
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Doyle 72/Alfieri A picca 1
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Alfieri A picca 2
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Alfieri A picca 3
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Alfieri A picca 4
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Alfieri A picca 5
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Alfieri A picca 6
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Alfieri A picca 7
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Alfieri A picca 8
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Alfieri A picca 9
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Alfieri A picca 10
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Alfieri A picca 11
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Alfieri A picca 15
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Alfieri A picca 17
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Alfieri A picca 18
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Alfieri A picca 19
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Alfieri A picca 20
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Alfieri A picca 21
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Alfieri A picca 22
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Alfieri A picca 23
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Alfieri La Bandiera 1
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Alfieri La Bandiera 2
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Alfieri La Bandiera 3
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Alfieri La Bandiera 4
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Alfieri La Bandiera 5
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Alfieri La Bandiera 6
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Alfieri La Bandiera 7
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Alfieri La Bandiera 9
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Alfieri La Bandiera 10
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Alfieri La Bandiera 35
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Alfieri La Bandiera 36
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Alfieri La Bandiera 37/compendium inlay page
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compenidum inlay
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compendium inlay
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Rear hardcover
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