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Opera Nova (Antonio Manciolino)

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Opera Nova
A New Work
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Full Title New Work by Antonio
Manciolino, Bolognese,
wherein are all the
instructions and advantages
that are to be had in the
practice of arms of every
sort; newly corrected and
printed.
Author(s) Antonio Manciolino
Illustrated by Unknown
Dedicated to Don Luisi de Cordola
Place of Origin Venice, Italy
Language Italian
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publisher Nicolo d’Aristotile
Publication Date 1531
First English
Edition
Leoni, 2010
Pages 63 pages
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Opera Nova ("A New Work") is a Bolognese fencing manual written by Antonio Manciolino and printed in ca. 1523,[1] 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.

Publication History

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.

Contents

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

Gallery


Title
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Introduction
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Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Conclusion
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Additional Resources

References

  1. Leoni, Tommasso. The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531). Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2010. pp 11-12.

Copyright and License Summary

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