Philadelphia: I. R. & A. H. Diller, Republishers, 1843. First Edition. Wood engravings. Original cloth. Octavo. 119 pages. Very Good+. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt-stamped title on upper board, blind-stamped ornaments to both boards. Fading to cloth, particularly toward board edges and spine, along with a few moderate stains. Some slight foxing inside. Hinges sound. Nice copy.
First edition of this uncommon swordsmanship manual. It was re-issued in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. Includes nearly 3 pages at rear with numerous recommendations of Col. Stephens and his methods of instruction by prominent military men.