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Klare Onderrichtinge der Voortreffelijcke Worstel-Konst, Verhandelende hoemen in alle voorvallen van Twist in Handtgemeenschap, sich kan hoeden: en alle Aengrepen, Borst-stooten, Vuyst-slagen &c. versetten. Seer nut en voordeligh tegens alle slaensiecke Twisters, ofte die met een Mes yemandt dreygen of trachten te beledigen. Uytgevonden door den wijtberoemden en vermaerden Worstelaer Nicolaes Petter, En met 71 naeuwkeurige Verbeeldingen der selver, in 't kooper gebracht door den konstrijcken Romeyn de Hooge.

Nicolaes Petter

RA Collection: Book

Record number




T' Amsterdam,: by Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, Boeckverkooper, op 't Water., Anno 1674. Met Privilegie.

Physical Description

[8], 16 p., 71 pl.; 239 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

As well as being numbered consecutively, the plates are also numbered by Deel, from 'I. Deel 1' to 'XIII. Deel 5'.


[T.p.] - Privilegie - Voor-Reden - Aen de Liefhebbers Van de Worstel-Konst - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The plates are not signed.


On Romeyn de Hooghe see bibliographic note on F. v. Hoogstraten, Het Voorhof der Ziele (1668).

S. Anglo, The martial arts of Renaissance Europe (2000).

Summary Note

In the same year a German version was also published by Van Waesberge.

The engravings each show two men, in 17th-century clothing, wrestling or fighting, and vividly capture the dynamics of the fights.


The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'Cotman Norwich', and (in a different hand?) 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Copy Note

The front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'A most curious collection of Athlete prints by De Hooge. fine copy. rare.', and '£2-2 .' [?]

Binding Note

17th-century white vellum; spine inscribed in ink, 'Petter Worstel Kunst', lettered 'R.A.'


Wrestling - Fighting - Hand-to-hand fighting - Self-defence - Unarmed combat - Martial arts - Men - Costume - Dress - Netherlands - History - 17th century
Manuals - Instructional materials - Netherlands - 17th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 17th century