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Opera Nova (Antonio Manciolino)
|A New Work|
|Full title||By Antonio Manciolino of Bologna, a new |
work wherein are all the instructions and
advantages that are to be had in the
practice of arms of every sort; newly
corrected and printed.
|Dedicated to||Don Luisi de Cordola|
|Place of origin||Venice, Italy|
Opera Nova ("A New Work") is a Bolognese fencing manual written by Antonio Manciolino and printed in ca. 1523, and possibly the earliest printed Italian fencing treatise. This treatise is important as it is the earliest work currently known from the Dardi (Bolognese) style of Italian swordsmanship.
Opera Nova was printed in Venice in 1531 by Nicolo d’Aristotile detto Zoppino. Based on historical details in the text, it seems to have been written in 1523, and thus an earlier edition may have been printed around that time; no copies of the original manuscript or any print editions prior to 1531 are known to exist. In 2009, a second edition was self-published by Steven Reich, who retitled it Antonio Manciolino's 1531 Treatise on Bolognese Swordsmanship.
In 2008, a modern Italian translation was published Rome by Il Cerchio Iniziative Editoriali under the title Opera Nova (1531).
In 2010, Manciolino's treatise was translated into English by Tom Leoni and published by Freelance Academy Press as The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531). A second English translation was self-published by W. Jherek Swanger in 2021 under the title How to Fight and Defend with Arms of Every Kind, by Antonio Manciolino.
|1r - 6v||Introduction|
|7r - 19r||First Book|
|19v - 19v||Second Book|
|30r - 37v||Third Book|
|38r - 49r||Fourth Book|
|49r - 58r||Fifth Book|
|58r - 63v||Sixth Book|
- Leoni, Tom. The Complete Renaissance Swordsman: Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531). Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9825911-3-0
- Manciolino, Antonio. Antonio Manciolino's 1531 Treatise on Bolognese Swordsmanship. Transcribed Steven Reich. Self-published, 2009.
- Manciolino, Antonio (in Italian). Opera Nova (1531). Rome: Il Cerchio Iniziative Editoriali, 2008. ISBN 978-8884741769
- Swanger, W. Jherek. How to Fight and Defend with Arms of Every Kind, by Antonio Manciolino. Self-published, 2021.
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|Images||File:Opera Nova (Antonio Manciolino) 1531.pdf|
|Transcription||Steven Reich||Index:Opera Nova (Antonio Manciolino)|