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ON THE ART OF FENCING
THREE BOOKS
BY M. GIOVANNI DALL’AGOCCHIE
BOLOGNESE
Which briefly deal with:
The art of Fencing.
The joust;
Battle array.
A WORK NECESSARY
For Captains, Soldiers, and any Gentleman whatsoever.
WITH PRIVILEGE.
IN VENICE,
Printed by Giulio Tamborino. MDLXXII.

[2recto] TO THE VERY ILLUSTRIOUS LORD,
The Lord Count Fabio Pepoli, Count of Castiglione, my Lord and always very observant
patron.
The knowledge that since your tender years your illustrious Lordship has greatly
delighted in the virtue that pertains to an honored Knight, and the spirit that I have always
had to serve you and do you gracious things, have often made me desire to be able to
make some sign thereof unto you. Accordingly, having now decided to publish the
present work, I have determined that it will carry with it the honored name of your
Illustrious Lordship. I present it to you thus, not in order to even with you via this
humble gift the debt that I owe you, which is so far beyond the reach of my feeble
abilities, but to leave you with some testimony of my adoring servitude. Whence I
entreat your Illustrious Lordship to accept it kindly and with the unique courtesy [2verso]
that I have always recognized in the singular goodness of your soul, so that I may place
this debt alongside the infinite others that I owe you. And with reverent kisses to the
hand of your Illustrious Lady, I pray unto our Lord God that He deigns to grant you the
fullness of all your wishes.
Your Illustrious Lordship’s
Very dear servant,
Giovanni dall’Agocchie.