The Book of the Sword

by Richard Francis Burton

First edition of 1884.
London, Chatto and Windus.

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I WANTED a book on the Sword, not a treatise on Carte and Tierce, said the Publisher, when, some years ago, my earliest manuscript was sent to him.  It struck me then and there that the Publisher was right. Consequently the volume was re-written after a more general and less professional fashion.  I have only one wish that reader and reviewer can grant: namely, a fair field and no favour for certain 'advanced views' of Egyptology. It is my conviction that this study, still in its infancy, will greatly modify almost all our preconceived views of archaeological history.

TRIESTE: November 20, 1883.