This is a full-colour facsimile edition of Philippo Vadi's De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi, the art of swordsmanship. This book was written in the late 1400s for the Duke of Urbino, Guido Montefeltro, a famous condottiero. Please note: this book is written in Italian, and there is no translation or commentary included in this edition. This book replicates, as closely as possible with current print-on-demand technology, the experience of owning the original manuscript.
The book begins with an introduction, followed by 16 chapters on the art and practice of swordsmanship, then continues with illustrated martial arts techniques. Swordfighting in armour, out of armour, techniques with a pollax, with a spear, and with and against a dagger. The whole of knightly combat on foot is covered.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)|
Table of ContentsFolia 1r-3v contain the dedication and a prose introduction.
3v-14v contain 16 chapters of fencing theory, written in verse.
15r is the 'segno' page, a visual mnemonic for some principles of swordsmanship.
15v is the 'blows' page, with a visual mnemonic for the blows of the sword.
16r-23v have the 12 guards and 25 plays of the sword (out of armour).
23r- 25r have the four guards and four plays of the pollax (in armour).
25v is blank.
26r-27v have the four guards and five plays of the sword in armour.
28r-28v have the plays of the spear.
29r-37v have the plays of the dagger.
38r-38v have the three plays of mismatched weapons (clubs against spear, sword against spear, sword against spears).
39r-42v have a dagger play on each leaf, illustrated with two sets of figures, and the text 'dagger technique' and 'end of technique'.