Poole, 1st ed., 1977. 227 pp., 145 cold., photo-plates + some diagrams. D.j., 19 x 14cm. Label removed from f.f.e.p., small repair to d.j., o/w V.G. This book traces the history of the sword from its earliest forms in the stone age through the bronze and iron ages, the Roman period, and later the Viking and Saxon eras and describes the swords of the Crusades. The text also details the military swords of various countries of the world and discusses the evolution, use and design of this weapon until the technically designed swords of the twentieth century, more efficient than ever before, were eclipsed by advances in firearms and a new type of warfare. Illustrated with 145 coloured photograph plates plus some diagrams.