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Il Vero Maneggio Di Spada D'Alessandro Senese Gentil'huomo Bolognese. Dedicato Al Sereniss. Prencipe Ferdinando Carlo Arciduca D'Austria, Duca di Borgogna, Stiria, Carintia, &c. Landgravio d'Alsatia, &c.

Alessandro Senese

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In Bologna: Per l'Herede di Vittorio Benacci., 1660. Con Licenza de' Superiori.

Physical Description

[14], 70, [2] p., add. engr. t.pl., 14 pl.; 302 mm. (Quarto.)


[Add. engr. t.pl., t.p., dedic. in Latin, dedic. in Italian] - [Four Latin poems to Carolus Ferdinandus] - Cortesissmo. Lettore - [Text and pl.] - De Regulis Necessariis, Atque Infallibilibus In legitima Ensis tractatione - Al Lettore - [Imprimatur].

Responsibility Note

The plates are unsigned, apart from the added engraved title-plate, which is signed as made by Ioseph Mitell.

The work is dedicated in Latin by Alexander Senesius to Carolo Ferdinando Austriaco Oenipontis &c. Archiduci, and in Italian by Alessandro Senese to Altezza Serenissima.


Studies of the history of fencing include, H.W. Pardoel, Fencing, a bibliography (n.d. - after 1996); M. Bower, Foil fencing (1993); E. Castle, Schools and masters of fence (1892; 3rd ed. 1969).

Summary Note

The added engraved title reads, 'Il Vero Maneggio Di Spada D'Alessandro Senesio Gentilhuomo Bolognese'.

The fourteen etched plates show positions in fencing.


The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S:A:H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.
Purchased for RA Library in 1869 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1869', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 6, p. 27).

Binding Note

17th-century quarter mottled paper, buff paper-covered boards; white paper spine-label inscribed in ink 'La Spada de Senesio' [and a shelf-number].


Fencing - Fencers - Swordplay - Swordsmen - Martial arts - Sports - Italy - Emilia Romagna - Bologna - History - 17th century
Treatises - Italy - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century