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Author Girard Thibault (died about 1629), Engraver Schelte à Bolswert (Dutch, 1586–1659), Engraver Gerrit Adriaensz. Gauw (Dutch, died in 1638), Engraver Egbert van Panderen (Dutch, 1581–1637?), Engraver Pieter de Jode I (Flemish, about 1570–1634), Engraver Boetius à Bolswert (Netherlandish, 1580–1633), Engraver Claes Pietersz. Lastman (Dutch, about 1586–1625), Engraver Jacob van der Borcht (Dutch, born about 1595), Engraver Crispijn van den Queborn (Dutch, 1604–1652), Engraver Johannes Gelle (German, worked Netherlands, about 1580–1625), Engraver Adriaen Jacobz. Matham (Netherlandish, about 1600–1660), Engraver Andries Jacobsz Stock (Netherlandish, about 1580?–after 1648), Engraver Willem Jacobsz. Delff (Netherlandish, 1580–1638), Engraver Crispin de Passe II (Dutch (worked in France), 1597–1670), Engraver Pieter Serwouters (Netherlandish, 1586–1657), Engraver Salomon Savery (Dutch, 1594–1665), Engraver Robert Willemsz de Baudous (Netherlandish, about 1575–about 1644), Engraver Peter Isselburg (German, died about 1630), After David Bailly (Dutch, 1584–1657), Printer Elzevier

Place of Publication: Leiden, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet V, 816; Copinger, Elzevier Press, 4705; Willems, Elzevier, 302


Overall: 58.3 x 45.5 x 7 cm (22 15/16 x 17 15/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with engraved title and 56 engravings

Not On View


Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Leiden: Elzevier, 1628) Royal folio; 141 leaves, plus 57 plates; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf (covers only; rebacked in light brown calf).

Engraved title, author portrait, decorative coats of arms, allegorical explanations of human proportion relating to swordsmanship skills; demonstrations of fencing tactics

Leiden: Elzevier, 1628


Otto H. Ranschburg, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, November 13, 1947

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund