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the Special Collections reading room at the MSU Library

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The Special Collections unit of the Michigan State University Libraries collects, houses, and preserves rare and unique materials within the MSU Libraries. Our materials cover a vast array of topics from Africana to Veterinary Medicine. These materials are available to the public in our reading room.

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L'ecole des armes (Londres, 1763) by Domenico Angelo was the most important and lavish fencing manual of its day. Besides text, it featured beautifully illustrated plates by English artists depicting fencers, including the author himself, in various important poses. The illustrations were later used unaltered in the illustrative section on "Escrime" in the great Encyclopedie (1765).

Born in Italy, Angelo achieved great fame in England as founder of the House of Angelo, a highly fashionable fencing school which included the patronage of the Prince of Wales. The first edition copy in Special collections is a gift of Charles Schmitter and is part of the renowned Charles and Ruth Schmitter Fencing Collection.


Special Collections
MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing
MI, 48824


During the Fall and Spring semesters when classes are in session, Special Collections is open for the following hours:

Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm - 5pm

See the hours' web page for the most up to date hours.