Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, 1903.
Hardcover. Swedish baron Nils Posse here presents his life-long dedication to gymnastics not only as physical exercise for health and fitness, but "as a Liberal Art, as a Cosmopolitan Science, and as a Universal Truth." Nils Posse (1862-1895) was a graduate of the Royal Gymnastic Central Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and founder of the Posse Gymnasium in Boston, responsible for introducing the term kinesiology to the United States, and indeed, this was the first book to include this term in its title. Kinesiology is the scientific study of body movement. Illustrated in over 250 fun and fantastic figures throughout as well as a large fold-out analytic chart tucked in its own pocket at rear, Baron Nils Posse's Special Kinesiology of Educational Gymnastics is a fabulous artifact of sports and fitness history in turn-of-the-century America.
9" X 7". vii, 380pp, plus fold-out analytic chart in special pocket at rear pastedown. Sky blue cloth over boards, with upepr board and spine whimically lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with gentle edgewear, faint stain to top corner of upper board, warping to covers, and bumping to head of spine. Hinges a touch tender; binding remains sound. Foxing to edges of text block and endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated in frontispiece of the author, 267 figures throughout, and large fold-out analytic chart. Very good. Item #5792