Henry Sainct Didier's beautiful and comprehensive treatise from 1573, Traicté contenant les secrets du premier livre sur l'éspée seule (Treatise containing the secrets of the first book on the sword alone), is the earliest known treatise printed in French, and it is exceptionally rare: there are only 11 genuine copies known. The book is lavishly illustrated with 64 woodcuts showing sword techniques, being demonstrated by a Lieutenant and a Prevost. This is a vital and
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The book is free, but you are welcome to drop some money into the (virtual) tin; once the book has raised enough money to pay for production costs, we will gladly produce an affordable printed facsimile. Please note that this book is in French!
Chris Slee has produced a translation into English which you can get from Amazon (and elsewhere).