Our opening pick is a combat manual created in the first decade of 15th century, found on the brilliant BibliOdissey. Authored by the greatest fencing-master of the late 1300s, Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco, this manuscript instructs the reader in the intricacies of combat, with lively illustrations of charging horses and armored knights accompanying the text.
According to the description available at The J. Paul Getty Museum website, “Through words and pictures, the manuscript teaches a variety of fighting techniques including single combat on foot with sword, dagger, and ax, and also mounted combat in all its variations. Nicolò III d’Este, ruler of Ferrara, ordered at least three copies of this text, including this one. Nicolò’s interest in such a manual was quite natural, since fighting played an important role in the education of young nobleman, and he himself was raising three sons.”
Enjoy some of these illustrations, followed by the weekly selection of old maps and information graphics. Also, check out the *combat* tag for a range of previous BibliOdyssey posts on swordsmanship, weaponry, munitions, war arts and defensive emplacements.
Il Fior di Battaglia (c1410) | Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco
A Pictorial Map of the New England States (1939) | Ernest Dudley Chase
(Via Rare Maps)
World around the United States (1946) | Hubert A. Bauer
A birdseye view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate (1906) | The Minneapolis journal
(Via Chronicling America)
River systems of the U.S. (1870) | Statistical Atlas of the United States
(Via Vintage Visualization)
Map of the Grand Canal, Source of Water Conservancy, in Shandong Province (c1644)
(Via World Digital Library)
Pictorial map of the city of Mexico and surroundings yesterday and today (1932) | Mexican Light & Power Co. Ltd.
Your America (1945) | Union Pacific
The United States as viewed by California (1940) | Ernest Dudley Chase
Argonautica (1609) | Abraham Ortelius
(Via Rare Maps)
Bullion product per capita (1881) | U.S. Geological Survey Annual Report
(Via JF Ptak Science Books)
That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.