BOSQUETT, Abraham. A Treatise on Duelling, together with the annals of chivalry, the ordeal trial and judicial combat from the earliest times. A. J. Valpy, Tooke's Court, Chancery-lane, London, 1818.
8vo. Later brown calf over marbled paper boards, spine titled in gilt "Bosquett. Treatise on Duelling. 1818"; pp. [v], [82-123], [ii]; some light creasing to spine; pages with some very marginal browning and marks; a remarkably clean copy overall.
Containing a litany of daring deeds and grisly ends, A Treatise on Duelling presents as an ephemeral manual but doubles as a potted history of the tradition. It doesn't restrict itself to duelling with guns (though this was the fashion at the time of writing), stretching back as far as the 14th century and beyond for the story of the Dog of Montarges (in which a dog beats a knight in a duel to avenge his dead master).
The treatise gives advice on:
1. The dangers and risks to which inexperienced men are subject, and how to defend against them.
2. The importance of a discreet choice of seconds.
2a. The importance of a good one, and the qualities of a bad one, exemplified.
3. General ground of challenges futile, and easily settled by prudent management.
4. Duty of Seconds to interfere and accommodate.
5. A Court of Reference proposed.
6. The Rise and Progress of Chivalry, the Judicial Combat and Duelling.
7. Some of the laws, edicts and opinions of various Nations, at various periods, for and against them.
8. Many of the most remarkable combats and duels of ancient and modern times recounted from correct authorities.
An offprint from the Pamphleteer which spanned 58 quarterly parts (this being no. XXIII).