Marozzo, Opera nova de l'arte de l'armi, [Modena, c. 1540], contemporary limp vellum
Opera nova... de l'arte de l'armi. [Modena, c. 1540]
4to (203 x 152mm.), title within elaborate woodcut border depicting knights in armour, woodcut illustrations (some full-page), with final blank, contemporary limp vellum (a remboitage?), title-page slightly shaved at foot, small repair to P8, new endpapers
A reprint of the 1536 first edition, also printed in Modena and using the same woodblocks, of Marozzo's richly illustrated treatise on duelling. Marozzo was a Bolognese master swordsman; this treatise is considered the first substantial manual of fencing and includes rules for duels between noblemen. The numerous woodcut describe detailed manoevres by swordsmen in elaborate contemporary costume.
Edit16 65684; Sander 4384
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