Opera Nova (Antonio Manciolino)
|A New Work|
|Full Title||New Work by Antonio |
wherein are all the
instructions and advantages
that are to be had in the
practice of arms of every
sort; newly corrected and
|Dedicated to||Don Luisi de Cordola|
|Place of Origin||Venice, Italy|
Opera Nova ("A New Work") is a Bolognese fencing manual written by Antonio Manciolino and printed in ca. 1523, and possibly the earliest printed Italian fencing treatise. This treatise is important as it is the earliest work currently known from the Dardi (Bolognese) style of Italian swordsmanship.
Opera Nova was printed in Venice in 1531 by Nicolo d’Aristotile detto Zoppino. An earlier edition seems to have been written in 1523 and printed some time thereafter, but no copies of any such earlier printing are known to exist. There also don't seem to have been any further printings of this text until the first modern Italian translation was released in 2008; this was followed by a new edition of the original text published in 2009 by Steven Reich. In 2010, Manciolino's treatise was translated into English and published by Tommasso Leoni.
|1r - 6v||Introduction by Antonio Manciolino|
|7r - 19r||First Book by Antonio Manciolino|
|19v - 19v||Second Book by Antonio Manciolino|
|30r - 37v||Third Book by Antonio Manciolino|
|38r - 49r||Fourth Book by Antonio Manciolino|
|49r - 58r||Fifth Book by Antonio Manciolino|
|58r - 63v||Sixth Book by Antonio Manciolino|
- Leoni, Tommasso. The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531). Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9825911-3-0
- Manciolino, Antonio. Antonio Manciolino's 1531 Treatise on Bolognese Swordsmanship. Transcribed Steven Reich. Lulu.com, 2009.
- Manciolino, Antonio (in Italian). Opera Nova (1531). Rome: Il Cerchio Iniziative Editoriali, 2008. ISBN 978-8884741769
- Leoni, Tommasso. The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531). Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2010. pp 11-12.
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