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Polish Saber Book

Postby Richard Marsden » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:27 pm

So, its underway.

Part I is an overview of 17th century Europe and Poland with a lead up to the duel. More anecdotes and much more general history as well as art!
Part II is Daria I's translation of “On Customs and Traditions in the Reign of Augustus III”
Part III is hopefully going to be Marcelli's 1686 rapier manual 'the saber parts'. I'm trying to negotiate something with the translators, or trying to find an untranslated copy.
Part IV is Dari I's translation of Starzewski
Part V is Huessler's plates
Part VI will be for some Dussack plates
Part VII will be snippets from diaries, quotes, and poems.
Part VIII will be our modern interpretation.

The order may shuffle up a bit, either by region or chronologically. I'm still deciding and gathering new material. Costumes (the coats) are being made and I'm trying to involve other groups willing to send in high-res pictures of themselves doing stuff.

It'll take awhile as things get made, but progress is happening.

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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Ben Floyd » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:45 pm

Excellent. In the dozens of dollars you'll make, some will be mine. ;)
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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Tyler Brandon » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:11 pm

Great news. If some new members come along soon I'll try and put the fancy SLR to some other use than landmarks and flowers.
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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Jeremy S. » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:05 am

Richard Marsden wrote:Part III is hopefully going to be Marcelli's 1686 rapier manual 'the saber parts'. I'm trying to negotiate something with the translators, or trying to find an untranslated copy.


I have a pdf of the scans...
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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Richard Marsden » Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:09 pm

Great! I did get a copy and I have two leads for translation.

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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Jeffrey Hull » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:03 pm

Cool, looking forward to it. :)

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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Richard Marsden » Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:23 pm

Reworking the Contents

We have

General 17th Century European Background
Polish 17th Century Background
General Dueling Background
Polish Dueling Background
The Saber
Polish Texts (two)
Italian Texts (one)
German texts (two)
Miscellaneous Comments (Passek, Dueling accounts, Phrases, Fragments and so on)
Our Interpretation (I'm debating if I should put in the footwear section or not, or just go into our techniques)

Thanks to Keith Farrell for editing a great chunk of it so far and Jeffery Hull for talking with me in person over copyright issues. We're in great shape with that!

I lined up a layout and over guy as well. The man single-highhandedly saved the re-release of my first sci-fi humor book, will save our stalled RPG product, and is giddy to work on the Polish saber book after seeing our free PDF!

Now- I write very fast, but there is lots of waiting to be done. I need costumes made, and we are asking some volunteers to take high-res photos. They may or may not be able to do this, but the show must go on! The photographs will be in period costume but also in HEMA garb as we try to showcase how Polish saber can apply to both.

I'll update as things progress!

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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Richard Marsden » Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:41 pm

We have Parisi on board for some translation work.

Costumes are coming along.

Edits are going back and forth as well as further research. We're in good shape so far!

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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Tyler Brandon » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:46 pm

Richard Marsden wrote:We have Parisi on board for some translation work.

Costumes are coming along.

Edits are going back and forth as well as further research. We're in good shape so far!


Glad to hear it. I am a big fan of Carlo's translations.
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Re: Polish Saber Book

Postby Jeremy S. » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:24 am

Where do you stand on translation work?

I just found out my father-in-law rents a house to a Polish History professor. He's spending his summer writing a few books... I could ask him about doing some translations.
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