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The Flower of Battle: Italian Fighting Manual (ca. 1410)

- June 1, 2017 in combat, dagger, fencing, fighting, Fiore dei Liberi, Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco, guide, horses, how-to, Il Fior di Battaglia, knife, manual, swords, violence, war

15th-century how-to guide in the art of combat, including unarmed, with daggers, swords, poleaxes and on horseback.

The Flower of Battle: Italian Fighting Manual (ca. 1410)

- June 1, 2017 in combat, dagger, fencing, fighting, Fiore dei Liberi, Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco, guide, horses, how-to, Il Fior di Battaglia, knife, manual, swords, violence, war

15th-century how-to guide in the art of combat, including unarmed, with daggers, swords, poleaxes and on horseback.

The Flower of Battle: Italian Fighting Manual (ca. 1410)

- June 1, 2017 in combat, dagger, fencing, fighting, Fiore dei Liberi, Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco, guide, horses, how-to, Il Fior di Battaglia, knife, manual, swords, violence, war

15th-century how-to guide in the art of combat, including unarmed, with daggers, swords, poleaxes and on horseback.

The Flower of Battle: Italian Fighting Manual (ca. 1410)

- June 1, 2017 in combat, dagger, fencing, fighting, Fiore dei Liberi, guide, horses, how-to, Il Fior di Battaglia, knife, manual, swords, violence, war

15th-century how-to guide in the art of combat, including unarmed, with daggers, swords, poleaxes and on horseback.

The Flower of Battle: Italian Fighting Manual (ca. 1410)

- June 1, 2017 in combat, dagger, fencing, fighting, Fiore dei Liberi, guide, horses, how-to, Il Fior di Battaglia, knife, manual, swords, violence, war

15th-century how-to guide in the art of combat, including unarmed, with daggers, swords, poleaxes and on horseback.

Dennison’s Bogie Book for Halloween (1920)

- October 30, 2012 in collections, games, guide, halloween, party, texts, Texts: 20th, Texts: Miscellaneous, Texts: Non-fiction

Dennison’s bogie book, by Dennison manufacturing co.; 1920; Dennison manufacturing co., Framingham, Massachusetts.] Decoration, costume and party suggestions from 1920 for the night of Halloween, that one time (according to the book) “of all the year when an opportunity is supposed to be given for looking into the future and having one’s fate settled for the coming twelve months”. Full of lots of handicraft tips on making that perfect spooky zone, as well as various party games (mostly involving blindfolds and choosing future loves) and a couple of ghost stories to read when midnight strikes. So.. “Why not invite your friends to a Hallowe’en party and join in the fun of trying some of the time-honored ways of finding out what the future holds in store?” The book is housed at the Internet Archive, donated by the Library of Congress. Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription!

How to Become a Magician (1882)

- May 16, 2012 in guide, magician, non-article, texts, Texts: 19th, Texts: Miscellaneous, Texts: Non-fiction, Texts: Science, victorian

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How to Become a Magician, Containing a Grand Assortment of Magical Illusions as Performed by the Leading Magicians and Wizards of the Day; 1882; F. Tousey, New York

A grand assortment of various tricks, illusions, conjurings, deceptions and slights of hand….

The following pages are not intended to make the young reader either a cheat or a trickster; there is nothing perhaps so utterly contemptible in every-day life as trickery and deceit, and we would caution our young friends not to cultivate a love of deception, which is only allowable in such feats of amusement, because it is in fact not deception at all, when everybody expects to be puzzled, and is only left to find out the mystery the best way he can.


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