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Scaino 'Trattato del giuoco della palla' 1st Tennis Bk

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Price : US $66.00

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1968 Limited Edition Reprint of the 1555 printing of  'Trattato del Giouco della Palla' by Antonio Scaino, published by W. Casari-Testaferrata and numbered 267/500. Half leather with marbled boards, matching slipcase. 7' x 5', 315 pps. In the original Italian, with two illustrations of court layouts. Near fine condition except for small chafed areas on spine leather and light foxing to endpapers and inside of boards. Contents fine.

From the USC website on early sports books: This is the first book written about tennis, published in Italian in 1555.  Antonio Scaino, an Italian priest, dedicated the book to his patron Alphone d’Este, Duke of Ferrara.  The book discusses five variant ball‑games, including a form of soccer, but the treatment of the rules and method of playing tennis is much the most detailed, and all Scaino’s illustrations are of tennis.

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