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Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

PostPosted: 15 Sep 2010 13:19
by admin
http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC5 ... &q&f=false

Not a treatise on fencing, but rather on swords themselves (with comments on their use). A very good read for anybody interested in swords.

Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

PostPosted: 15 Sep 2010 14:56
by Dithyrambus
Good find!

Read through some of it this morning, there is also an interesting diagram of a guillotine axe. :)

Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

PostPosted: 15 Sep 2010 17:03
by admin
I've owned this book for many years and frequently cited it, but I only just noticed it was now available on Google books.

Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

PostPosted: 15 Sep 2010 17:34
by Dithyrambus
admin wrote:I've owned this book for many years and frequently cited it, but I only just noticed it was now available on Google books.



Found it at Amazon, look forward to it's arrival.

Thanks

Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

PostPosted: 13 Jan 2012 15:51
by admin
This article about the author (in French) may be of interest to some:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillaume_ ... arey-Monge
(Nice portrait!)

It seems that most of his combat experience was in Algeria.

Re: Memoir on Swords - Colonel Marey - 1841

PostPosted: 20 Sep 2013 17:17
by admin
It is important to note that the treatise by Marey survives, as far as I know, only in this English translation by Henry H Maxwell, formerly of the Bengal Artillery. He describes saving the treatise during the Indian Mutiny and translating it himself into English - he also added the various illustrations of swords and suchlike, as well as some notes of his own.

I looked up Maxwell's military record, which in 1863 lists some pretty impressive exploits already: