Cav. Settimo Del Frate

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Cav. Settimo Del Frate (1832-1919)

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Settimo Del Frate was a student and close friend of Maestro Giuseppe Radaelli.<ref>Jacopo Gelli, Bibliografia Generale della Scherma con Note Critiche, Biografiche e Storiche, 63 (Tipografia Editrice di Luigi Niccolai, Firenze 1890).</ref> Del Frate was a 1856 law graduate from the University of Pavia, who met Radaelli in 1859 when they were members of the Monferrato Cavalry.<ref>Id.</ref> Del Frate eventually published three books on Radaelli's fencing system, the first in 1869, and the second in 1872, which was reprinted in 1876 and 1885.<ref>Id. at 64.</ref> Del Frate was inducted into the Order of the Crown of Italy with the rank of Knight (Cavaliere) in appreciation for his first book.<ref>Id.</ref> The second book received a silver medal of the first class from the Italian Gymnastic Federation in 1873.<ref>Id.</ref> During his career, Cav. Del Frate served as the Captain-Secretary of the Committee of Cavalry, and later as the commander of the Saluzzo cavalry regiment.<ref>Id. at 63.</ref> Cav. Del Frate retired as a Lt. General.<ref>Claudio Mancini, Breve Storia della Scuola Magistrale Militare di Scherma di Roma, (Associazione Italiana Maestri di Scherma, at http://www.maestridischerma.it/mancini.html, Sept. 2003).</ref>

Texts

Istruzione pel maneggio e scherma della sciabola del capitano Settimo Del Frate - Aiutante Maggiore nei Cavalleggieri di Monferrato, (Litografia Gaetano Baroffio, Milano 1869.)

Istruzione per la Scherma di Sciabola e di Spada del Prof. Giuseppe Radaelli, (Litografia Gaetano Baroffio, Milano 1872, reprinted 1876, 1885).

Istruzione per la Scherma di Punta del Prof. Giuseppe Radaelli, (Fratelli Dumolard, Milano 1885).

English Translation

"Istruzione Per la Scherma di Sciabola e di Spada del Prof. Giuseppe Radaelli" has been translated into English by Christopher A. Holzman as The Art of the Dueling Sabre which is available at SKA SwordPlay Books. The Art of the Dueling Sabre contains lessons, drills, historical information and a supplemental synoptic table in addition to the translation of Cav. Del Frate's work.

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