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His Practise, in Two Bookes (Vincentio Saviolo)
|His Practice, in Two Books|
Title page of the first edition
|Full Title||His Practice, in Two Books: |
the First Entreating the Use
of the Rapier and Dagger,
the Second of Honor and
|Translator(s)||John Florio (?)|
|Dedicated to||Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl |
|Place of Origin||London, England|
|Page scans||B&W photocopy (1595)|
His Practise, in Two Bookes is an English fencing manual written by Vincentio Saviolo and printed in 1595; it was possibly ghost-written by his friend John Florio, a noted British linguist and dictionarian. The first book explains the use of the extremely popular rapier, both singly and with a dagger, apparently combining concepts from both Italian and Spanish schools of fence. The second, longer book treats the subject of honor and dueling.
His Practise, in Two Bookes was published in London, England by John Wolff in 1595.
|A1r - B3v||Preface by Vincentio Saviolo|
|B4r - O2v||Single Rapier and Rapier and Dagger by Vincentio Saviolo|
|O3r - Mm3v||Treatise on dueling by Vincentio Saviolo|
- di Grasso, Giacomo; Saviolo, Vincentio; Silver, George. Three Elizabethan Fencing Manuals. Ed. James Louis Jackson. Scholars Facsimilies & Reprint, 1972. ISBN 978-0820111070
- Saviolo, Vincentio. A Gentleman's Guide to Duelling: Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels. Ed. Jared Kirby. 2014. Frontline Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1848325272
- Hand, Stephen and Martinez, Ramon. "Spanish Influence in the Rapier Play of Vincentio Saviolo". Spada: Anthology of Swordsmanship. Ed. Stephen Hand. Union City, CA: Chivalry Bookshelf, 2002. p 132.
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