Johann Georg Pascha – Proper Description of Thrust-Fencing with the Single Rapier


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To a modern student of fencing, Pascha’s Proper Description of Thrust-Fencing with the Single Rapier presents a clear introduction to the German style of rapier fencing based on the teachings of Fabris, as well as many useful lessons on thrust-fencing and proceeding with resolution. Furthermore, this book offers an important insight into the early evolution of this lineage, and places many historical figures and publications in their proper context.


Salvator Fabris was arguably the most famous fencing master of the 17th century. After publishing his treatise Lo Schermo in Copenhagen in 1606, Fabris returned to his native Padua. However, his teachings stayed alive in Denmark and Germany, rapidly replacing the older, local styles of fencing.

Johann Georg Pascha was another German fencing master, who published numerous treatises on fencing and other arts young nobles should learn. In 1671, he signed the dedication on a book titled Proper Description of Thrust-Fencing with the Single Rapier, now known by its shelf number Mscr.Dresd.C.13. Pascha writes that this book presents the fencing lessons of master Von und zum Velde, who learned them “in Italy from the famous Salvatore”, to which Pascha added his own lessons about “parrying, as well as holds, and other lessons and guards” to make “a complete fencing book”. Interestingly, British Library Ms 17533 contains the same text as the Dresden manuscript, minus Pascha’s additions, thus allowing for a direct comparison between the two versions of this text.

In this volume, the reader will find a complete translation of Ms.Dresd.C.13 and the illustrations from British Library MS 17533. Additionally, the translators provide a thorough comparison of these two original works, as well as a full discussion on their authorship.