London: Published…by H. Angelo, 1799. Item #02618
The Most Attractive Copy In Years
Complete With Dedication Text And Subscriber's List
[ROWLANDSON, T[homas]. Hungarian & Highland Broad Sword. Twenty Four Plates, designed and etched by T. Rowlandson, under the Direction of Messrs. H. Angelo and Son, Fencing Masters to the Light Horse Volunteers of London and Westminster dedicated to Colonel Herries. London: Published…by H. Angelo, February 12, 1799.
First edition. Oblong folio (12 3/8 x 16 1/4 inches; 314 x 412 mm.). iii, [1, blank], [3, Subscriber's List], [1, blank] pp. Hand colored aquatint title-page and twenty-three hand colored aquatint plates with imprint date Sept. 1, 1798 (except plates 8 and 9, with no imprint). Plates watermarked "J. Whatman, 1794."
Bound Rivière & Son (unsigned) for H. Sotheran in full dark red crushed morocco with single fillet and gilt corner-pieces. Gilt ruled and ornamented compartments. Broad turn-ins with single fillet and gilt corner-pieces. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Original plain drab blue wrappers preserved. Small marginal paper flaw to upper edge (3/16 x 5/8 inch) of plate Sword Arm Protect. A clean, bright, and fine copy of this rare volume scarcely found in such condition.
"With foreign invasion threatening our shores, martial ardour was the keynote of the year 1799, and subscribers were readily found for the Hungarian and Highland Broadsword Exercise... The twenty-four plates in coloured aquatint show military exercises and movements of cavalry, but the single figures in the foreground, illustrating sword exercises, are relieved and animated by the introduction in the background of various skirmishes, assaults, and battle-scenes, so that the plates lose all sense of formality. In the general liveliness of the picture you forget that the two central figures illustrate 'cut two, and horse's off side protect, new guard,' and other formulae of broadsword exercise, just as for the nonce in a stage duel you forget that cut, thrust and parry are planned, rehearsed, and mechanical" (Hardie).
"Valuable as a record of the military life and costume of the time" (Prideaux).
Grolier/Rowlandson 10. Tooley 414. Colas, 2587. Hiler, p. 762. Martin Hardie, pp. 164-165 and 315. Falk, p.212. Prideaux, p. 225.