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Der Kůnstliche Fechter (Theodori Verolini)

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Der Kůnstliche Fechter
The Artful Fencer
Verolini cover page.jpg
Title page of the 1679 edition
Author(s) Theodori Verolini
Illustrated by Unknown
Place of origin Würzburg, Germany
Language New High German
Publisher Joann Bencard
Publication date 1679
Pages 264
Treatise scans
  • Digital scans (1-3 · 4)
  • Digital scans (A B C D)

Der Kůnstliche Fechter ("The Artful Fencer") is a German fencing manual written by Theodori Verolini and initially printed in 1679. Verolini's treatise contains teachings on the long sword, dussack, and rapier that seem to be derived from the earlier work of Joachim Meÿer or Jakob Sutor, as well as a complete repetition of the 1674 grappling treatise of Nicolaes Petter.

Publication History

Der Kůnstliche Fechter was first printed in 1679 by Würzburg publisher Joann Bencard. This seems to have been its only printing, but book 4 is a reprint of Joann Christoph Widenmann's 1675 printing of Nicolaes Petter's 1674 wrestling manual Klare Onderrichtinge der Voortreffelijke Worstel-Konst.


Book 1 Long sword by Theodori Verolini
Book 2 Dussack by Theodori Verolini
Book 3 Rapier by Theodori Verolini
Book 4 Grappling by Nicolaes Petter


Title Pages

Sword Title
Verolini 1679 Title 1.jpg
Dussack Title
Rapier Title
Grappling Title


Sword A
Verolini 1679 Sword A.jpg
Sword B
Verolini 1679 Sword B.jpg
Sword C
Verolini 1679 Sword C.jpg
Sword D
Verolini 1679 Sword D.jpg
Sword E
Verolini 1679 Sword E.jpg
Sword F
Verolini 1679 Sword F.jpg
Sword Ga
Verolini 1679 Sword Ga.jpg
Sword Gb
Verolini 1679 Sword Gb.jpg
Sword H
Sword I
Verolini 1679 Sword I.jpg
Sword K
Verolini 1679 Sword K.jpg
Sword L
Verolini 1679 Sword L.jpg
Sword M
Verolini 1679 Sword M.jpg
Sword N
Verolini 1679 Sword N.jpg
Sword O
Verolini 1679 Sword O.jpg
Dussack A
Verolini 1679 Dussack A.jpg
Dussack B
Dussack C
Dussack D
Dussack E
Dussack F
Dussack G
Dussack H
Dussack I
Dussack K
Dussack L
Dussack M
Dussack N
Dussack O
Dussack P
Rapier A/C
Rapier B
Rapier C
Rapier D
Rapier E
Rapier F
Rapier Ga
Rapier Gb
Rapier H
Rapier I
Rapier K/A
Rapier L

Additional Resources


Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Herzog August Bibliothek Vol 1-3 · Vol 4
Transcription András Berki Index:Der Kůnstliche Fechter vol. 1 (Theodori Verolini) 1679.pdf
Index:Der Kůnstliche Fechter vol. 2 (Theodori Verolini) 1679.pdf
Index:Der Kůnstliche Fechter vol. 3 (Theodori Verolini) 1679.pdf
Index:Der Kůnstliche Fechter vol. 4 (Theodori Verolini) 1679.pdf

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