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'''''Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma''''' ("Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing") is an [[nationality::Italian]] [[fencing manual]] written by [[Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli]] and printed in 1610. It treats the use of the single [[rapier]], as well as in conjunction with the cloak, [[dagger]], and [[rotella]] shield. Though Capo Ferro's treatise is often praised by modern fencing historians, it was neither comprehensive nor particularly innovative and does not seem to have been terribly influential in its own time.
 
'''''Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma''''' ("Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing") is an [[nationality::Italian]] [[fencing manual]] written by [[Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli]] and printed in 1610. It treats the use of the single [[rapier]], as well as in conjunction with the cloak, [[dagger]], and [[rotella]] shield. Though Capo Ferro's treatise is often praised by modern fencing historians, it was neither comprehensive nor particularly innovative and does not seem to have been terribly influential in its own time.
 
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Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma
Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing
Capo Ferro Title 1610.png
Author(s) Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli
Illustrated by Rafael Schiamirossi
Dedicated to Don Federigo Feltrio della
Rovere
Place of origin Siena, Tuscany
Language Italian
Genre(s) Fencing manual
Publisher Salvestro Marchetti and
Camillo Turi
Publication date 1610, 1629, 1632, 1652
Pages 122 pages
Treatise scans

Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma ("Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing") is an Italian fencing manual written by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli and printed in 1610. It treats the use of the single rapier, as well as in conjunction with the cloak, dagger, and rotella shield. Though Capo Ferro's treatise is often praised by modern fencing historians, it was neither comprehensive nor particularly innovative and does not seem to have been terribly influential in its own time.

Publication History

Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma was first printed in Siena in 1610 by Salvestro Marchetti and Camillo Turi, with illustrations by Rafael Schiamirossi. It was reprinted in Siena in 1629 by Ercole Gori, who had the plain backgrounds in seven of Schiamirossi's original illustrations replaced with intricate depictions of scenes from the Bible and Greek mythology; this version was reprinted in Bologna in 1652 by G. Longo. A third Siena printing was made in 1632 by Bernardino Capitelli, who omitted all of the introductory material and truncated the descriptions of the plays; he also created new illustrations based on those of the first edition but scaled down to half size.

Capo Ferro's treatise was translated into English in 2004 by Jared Kirby under the title Italian Rapier Combat: Ridolfo Capo Ferro's 'Gran Simulacro' and printed in London. Nick S. Thomas authored and published a new English translation in 2007 under the title Rapier: The Art and Use of Fencing by Ridolfo Capo Ferro, and in 2011 Tom Leoni authored a translation entitled Ridolfo Capoferro's The Art and Practice of Fencing: A Practical Translation for the Modern Swordsman and published by Freelance Academy Press.

Contents

Ir - IVv Preface by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli
1 - 73 Rapier by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli
74 - 103,
108 - 115
Rapier and dagger by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli
104 - 107 Rapier and cloak by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli
116 - 120 Rapier and rotella by Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli

Gallery

Title Pages

1610 Title Page
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1629 Title Page
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1632 Title Page
1652 Title Page

Illustrations

Heraldry
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Portrait
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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 3
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Figure 4
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Figure 5
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Figure 6
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Figure 7
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Figure 8
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Figure 9
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Figure 10
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Figure 11
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Figure 12
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Figure 13
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Figure 14
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Figure 15
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Figure 16
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Figure 17
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Figure 18
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Figure 19
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Figure 20
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Figure 21
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Figure 22
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Figure 23
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Figure 24
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Figure 25
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Figure 26
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Figure 27
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Figure 28
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Figure 29
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Figure 30
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Figure 31
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Figure 32
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Figure 33
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Figure 34
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Figure 35
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Figure 36
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Figure 37
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Figure 38
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Figure 39
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Figure 40
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Figure 41
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Figure 42
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Figure 43
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1629 Illustrations

A copy of the 1629 edition in the Biblioteca Oliveriana contains seventeen watercolor illustrations; these are included below along with the remainder of the seven illustrations that were enhanced in this edition.

Heraldry
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Portrait
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Figure 1
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Figure 2
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Figure 4
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Figure 5
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Figure 7
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Figure 8
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Figure 12
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Figure 13
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Figure 22
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Figure 23
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Figure 24
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Figure 25
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Figure 26
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Figure 27
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Figure 30
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Figure 36
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Figure 40
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1652 Illustrations

The source of these additional watercolors is a copy of the 1652 edition that has not yet been identified.

Figure 6
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Figure 14
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Figure 21
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Figure 34
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Additional Resources

  • Capo Ferro, Ridolfo. Italian Rapier Combat: Ridolfo Capo Ferro's 'Gran Simulacro'. Ed. Jared Kirby. London: Greenhill Books, 2004. ISBN 978-1853675805
  • Capo Ferro, Ridolfo. Rapier: The Art and Use of Fencing by Ridolfo Capo Ferro. Trans. Nick S. Thomas. SwordWorks, 2007. ISBN 978-1906512279
  • Leoni, Tom. Ridolfo Capoferro's The Art and Practice of Fencing: A Practical Translation for the Modern Swordsman. Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9825911-9-2

References

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images (1610) Rafael Schiamirossi Internet Culturale
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Images (1629) Biblioteca Oliveriana
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Transcription Società d’Arme dell’Aquila Index:Gran Simulacro dell'Arte e dell'Uso della Scherma (Ridolfo Capo Ferro da Cagli)
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