Gymnastik für die Jugend. Enthaltend eine Praktische Anweisung zu Leibesübungen. Ein Beytrag zur nöthigsten Verbesserung der körperlichen Erziehung. Johann Christoph Friedrich GUTS MUTH.

“A Great Classic that Formed the Basis of

Modern Physical Education”

Gymnastik für die Jugend. Enthaltend eine Praktische Anweisung zu Leibesübungen. Ein Beytrag zur nöthigsten Verbesserung der körperlichen Erziehung.

Engraved frontis. & ten engraved plates (one folding). xviii, [18], 663, [1] pp. (subscribers’ list misbound at end). Small thick 8vo, cont. half-calf & marbled boards (spine a bit rubbed, occasional unimportant dampstaining), pink & green pigskin lettering pieces on spine. Schnepfenthal: im Verlage der Buchhandlung der Erziehungsanstalt, 1793.

First edition of the author’s first and best-known work; it is a “great classic that formed the basis of modern physical education…the first manual published by a practical physical educator…Ch. 6 to 15 are devoted to different physical exercises: high jumping, pole vaulting, jumping across a ditch; throwing a wooden discus, archery; running, skipping rope; wrestling; walking on the balance beam, balancing rods on the fingers; lifting, carrying, pulling; going up and down a rope ladder, swinging on vertical ropes, climbing a mast; dancing, skating and long walks; bathing and swimming. Ch. 17 and 18 deal with declaiming and exercises of the senses: reading out loud so as to be heard by a person stationed at various distances and estimating distance with the naked eye. The final chapters are on manual labour and training.”–Hagelin, Kinetic Jottings, pp. 104-05.

Guts Muth (1759-1839), was a teacher at a school in Schnepfenthal, at the foot of the Thuringian forest. A small court among the oak trees was prepared for the daily lessons in gymnastics.

The charming and well-engraved plates depict equipment and the boys performing the various exercises.

Fine copy.

Price: $3,250.00

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