Lot 1227: FENCING -- ALFIERI, F.F. La Picca e la Bandiera. Padua, S. Sardi, 1641. (8)

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November 16, 2016
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Description: FENCING -- ALFIERI, F.F. La Picca e la Bandiera. Padua, S. Sardi, 1641. (8), 39; (8), 63 pp. W. full-p. engr. coat of arms, 2 portraits (Alfieri & Count Ludovico Vidman) & 12 full-p. engrs. in the first part, and 28 full-p. engrs. in the second. Cont. limp vellum. (Second section ti. w. a defect of paper in the lower outer corner (not affecting text), a few faint marg. stains, else fine). First collective edition of both books. The first is here in its first edition, whereas 'La bandiera' (The flag) had appeared in 1638 as shown in the imprimatur. Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri, a Paduan fencing master and instructor at the Academia Delia of Padua, was one of the foremost representatives of the Italian school during the first part of the XVII century. He did not contribute much in terms of innovation, though he was one of the most prolific Italian writers on fencing. He also wrote books on the use of the sword and the two-handed sword. The present book includes two parts, the first of which is dedicated to the use of pike while fighting. Alfieri imparts instruction on different matters as e. g. how to use a pike on its own or together with a sword, how to flee without losing one’s pike and how to march leaning one’s pike on the right shoulder. The second book begins with an introduction on the meaning of flags in military history, and follows the development of what had been a purely military exercise, where the standard-bearer had to defend his flag using fencing-derived techniques, to a game of force an dexterity. The engravings have been attributed to the school of Callot and are among the nicest produced in Italy on fencing and fighting. - Cockle, 743; Thimm, 7; Lipperheide, Td27; Gelli, 12; Olschki, 10167; Bascetta (Sport e giuochi, Il Polifilo, 1978) I, 42-44. Not in the Corble Collection.
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