London: Chatto and Windus, 1884.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good-. xl, 299 pp, illustrated with line drawings, in original cloth binding with images of two swords on the front board. Spine darkened, hinges somewhat weak, otherwise sound and very good. One of Burton's scarcer works, tracing the development of the sword and related weapons from prehistoric times through the Roman Empire. Burton, who had hoped to write two additional volumes, opined that "the history of the sword is the history of humanity." Penzer 107-108; Casada 27. Provenance: From the collection of Burton scholar and bibliographer James Casada. Bookplate of Walter L. Nash on the front pastedown.