Transcriptions | Albrecht Dürer

A Personal Note

For longer than a year now I have been sitting on this transcription. Originally, it was supposed to be published in print, along with a concise examination and codicological description. But alas, the scientific environment in whcih this was meant to take place proved to be a more complcated matter than anticipated. Therefore I take the chance to thank Dr Daniel Jaquet who initiated this project and whose tremendous support helped me to lay my hands on this astonishing manuscript. Albrecht Dürer’s fechtbuch was published in 1910 by Friedrich Dörnhöffer – although only the first part, illustrated presumably by the famous German artist, was used. The second part – which itself seems to consist of two parts – has never been published before. Therefore I present you the unique chance to peruse the contents of this text-only part in full detail.

The transcription follows the original in all linebreaks, and abbreviations have been resolved, marked by an underscore.

Since one day a more thorough article will alight, I will not – and cannot – present much more details concerning different scribes, organization of the quires etc. But perhaps one brief remark is in order: The presented texts were written by two clearly distinguishable scribes. The first is responsible for the initial seven sections up to fol. 101v; the second has written the remaining parts until fol. 124v.

So, without further ado, here’s the second part of the so-called Dürer Fechtbuch.

Dierk Hagedorn, July 2016

Langes Messer

Wrestling on Horseback

Harness Fencing (Verses)

Meister Ott
Wrestling

Sword

Dagger

Murder Strokes

Johannes Liechtenauer
Harness Fencing

Dagger

Fencing on Horseback