This book is a reference and study tool for Joachim Meyer’s treatise of 1570. It includes all 69 of Tobias Stimmer's original prints at their original size, and also the full set of prints from the University of Leipzig’s copy, which were lavishly painted by an unknown artist some time before 1574, printed here at 150% of their original size.
The manuscript, produced in Strassburg around 1568, is illustrated with thirty watercolor images and seven ink diagrams. The text covers combat with the long sword (hand-and-a-half sword), dusack (a one-handed practice weapon comparable to a saber), and rapier. The manuscript’s theoretical discussion of guards is one of the most critical passages to understanding this key feature of the historical practice, not just in relation to Meyer but in relation to the medieval combat systems in general.