by Dierk Hagedorn and Christophe Amburger
Hidden among the stacks of a New York City book dealer, its existence unknown to even the most erudite scholars, the Codex Amberger
was lost to history until its chance discovery in 2005. Originally
thought to have been created by Albrecht Dürer, now attributed to the
sphere of the Augsburg patrician Paulus Hector Mair, it may have been
part of a much larger treatise whose remnants are yet to be found….
The manuscript may be slender in size and sparse in its written
instructions. But its magnificent color illustrations place it among the
most opulently illustrated books ever created on the ancient European
For over a decade, fencing historians Dierk Hagedorn and J. Christoph
Amberger struggled to find the best way of making it available to both
expert and amateur connoisseurs of the old German fight books. This
edition represents the first time the complete Codex Amberger appears in print.
In addition to the full-size reproductions of its glorious images, it
provides a complete concordance of the depicted techniques compiled
from nine contemporary sources that locate the codex in its rightful
place among the better-known historical treatises. The instructional
texts are rendered in the original old German, Latin, and Walloon and
painstakingly translated into both modern German and English.