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Trois Dialogues De L'Exercice De Sauter, Et Voltiger En L'Air. Avec les figures qui servent à la parfaicte demonstration & intelligence du dict Art. Par le Sr. Archange Tuccaro, de l'Abruzzo, au Royaume de Naples. Dedié Au Roy.

Arcangelo Tuccaro

RA Collection: Book

Record number

07/1208

Author

Imprint

A Paris,: Chez Claude De Monstr'oeil, tenant sa boutique en la Cour du Palais, au Nom de Iesus. -, M. D. LXXXXIX.

Physical Description

[8], 197, [1] p., [1] fold. pl.: illus.; 218 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

The folding plate carries the number of the leaf next to which it is to be bound ('fueillet 142').

Contents

[T.p., dedic.] - [Sonnet, 'Sur Les Dialogues Du Seigneur Archange'] - Au Lecteur - [Text, 'Le Premier (- Troisiesme) Dialogue'].

Responsibility Note

The plate and illustrations are unsigned. The work is dedicated by Archange Tuccaro to the king.

Summary Note

The first Dialogue describes ancient exercises and dances; the second, somersaults and other acrobatic exercises; the third, the benefit of gymnastics to the human body. The folding plate (woodcut) shows men jumping through hoops. Other woodcut illustrations show acrobats performing various exercises.

Reproductions

A facsimile was published in 1987 (Aldburgh: Archival Facsimiles).

Provenance

The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1880 (see RA Annual Report for 1880, p. 42).

Binding Note

19th-century quarter white vellum, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Tuccaro Exercice De Sauter', spine lettered 'R.A.'

Subject

Gymnastics - Exercise - Gymnasts - Acrobats - France - History - 16th century
Treatises - Manuals - Dialogues - France - 16th century
Pictorial works - France - 16th century

Contributors

Claude de Monstr'œil, publisher, bookseller
Henri IV King of France, dedicatee