Thursday, 19 July 2018

Metodo per la scherma di sciabola by Pietro Duelli

In this third instalment of non-Radaellian treatises I present Metodo per la scherma di sciabola ("Method for sabre fencing") by Pietro Duelli, published in Pavia in 1875.

I have not yet been able to find much information about Duelli other than the fact that by 1881 he had moved from Pavia to Milan.

His system seems to reflect the trend in Northern Italian fencing at the time of using guard of 2nd, perhaps due to Radaelli's influence.

The treatise is 38 pages long with just 4 (mediocre) illustrations.

Special thanks to Michigan State University Library for providing the scans.

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