An elementary Course of Gymnastic Exercises; intended to develope and improve the physical Powers of Man.London: Sherwood, Jones, and Co., 1823 Stock Code: 135601
First edition in English of Clias's treatise on gymnastic exercises, dedicated to the Commander in Chief of the British Army, and with a printed recommendation from the Directors of the Orphan School at Berne, where Clias had taught for five years. Originally published in 1816 in German under the title of Anfangsgruende der Gymnastik oder Turnkunst. Exercises are divided into those benefiting the lower and upper extremities, with instruction on walking, running and jumping, arm exercisesbalancing and dancing, including dancing with a hoop, skipping, skating, vaulting, and use of the parallel bars. The work is illustrated with 6 folding plates of exercises and postures.
Octavo. Original boards, rebacked.
6 black and white folding lithograph plates of gymnastic exercises at the end.
Rebacked in cloth at an early date, the front joint now partly split and fraying, but still firm. Bookseller's label to front board, 4pp. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green advertisements inserted at front, small library stamp to title verso, occasional light spotting; a very good, uncut copy.
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