PISTOFILO, Bonaventura. Il Torneo. Bologna: Clemente Ferroni, 1626 [but dedication dated 4 January 1627]. 4° (222 x 161mm). Engraved title, portrait frontispiece, and 117 full-page engraved illustrations by J.-B. Coriolano. (Some light browning, occasional mostly marginal spotting, half-title extended in the bottom margin.) Later vellum, spine titled in red and ruled in black, red mottled edges (rebacked).
FIRST EDITION of this richly illustrated book of weapon drills, principally the spear and pole-axe, for knights and infantry. Includes a few leaves with musical notation for the drum -- a very early instance of military music in print. Brunet IV, 677; Cicognara 1433; Lipperheide 2959.