Shortly after the fire of 1940, Archibald Harrison Corble (1883-1944) donated his collection to the university. As a fencer and a book lover, over time he collected a variety of books and manuscripts concering the art of fencing. This top collection harbours about 1900 documents, dating from the 15th to the 20th century. The focus is not solely on fencing: Corble also collected on the subject of self defence and the development of weapons and armour. Lots of works are illuminated with numerous engravings, etchings and litho’s, thus enlightening the history of duelling.
Modern works were already available on the online catalogue. Now the old prints from before 1800 can also be sought out and requested.
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