First Swedish book on fencing by von Porath 1693
50 000-60 000 SEK
FIRST SWEDISH BOOK ON FENCING. PORATH, CONRAD DIDRIK VON. Palaestra Svecana, eller den adelige fechtare-konsten hwilken, ibland andra ridderlige dygdenes nödwändige hedersteckn och tillhörigheet, med des rätta skickelser och anförande uthi en ensam klinga uppå stöt, Blifwer här tydeligen anbracht och förestält... Stockholm (Dawid Kämpe, 1693).
Folio (320x205 mm.). (67) leaves. Engraved extra title Erik Reitz. Title, dedication leaf to Crown Prince Charles XII, the author´s preface. With 24 engravings in the text of fencing positions by Erik Reitz (complete, size about 110x180 mm., first leaf with engravings 1 and 2 mounted on paper and probably replaced from another copy, some minor spots, illustrations to three leaves slightly shaved to upper margin.).
20th century half calf binding by Hedberg, richly gilt spine with raised bands, red title label, boards with marbled paper, red edges (split inner joint). House in a later box, damaged.
Text partly with some spotting and browning. Title and engraved title with repair to upper corner, goes on to leaf H1. With the bookplates of Carl Snoilsky and Bertil von Porat, the signature of Per Hierta dated 1902 on flyleaf.
First book on fencing printed in Sweden. The author was born in Mecklenburg and accompanied a Swedish Embassy to Russia in 1667. He was appointed fencing-master at the Swedish Court in 1677 and taught fencing to King Charles XI as well as to his son Charles XII. He was knighted in 1699 and died in 1703. The text is largely taken from the book on fencing published in Denmark in 1606 by the Italian fencing-master at the Danish court, Salvator Fabri.
Erik Reitz, the engraver was among others pupil and collaborator of Willem Swidde and also engraved plates for Dahlberg´s Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna. (Lindberg, Swedish Books 1280-1967, Stockholm 1968).
Collation: Engraved extra title, (5) ll. A2-N2, (2) ll., A2-L2, (2) ll., B2-E 2.
Provenance: Carl Snoilsky (1841-1903), count, diplomat and poet, in 1876 he was elected member of the Swedish Academy and later he became head of the Royal library, he was a large collector of books and coins, Per Hierta (1864-1924), Swedish baron and a well-known book collector who amongst others owned 300 incunabulas that were donated to the Swedish Royal Library in 1911, together with many interesting bindings, now displayed at the Museum fof Design and Craft (Röhsska) in Gothenburg, Bertil von Porat ???? inheritance within the family to the current owner.