London: Chapman Hall, 1864. First Edition. hardcover. Frontispiece, and several other in-text illustrations. xvi, 304pp. Short thick 8vo, recently rebound in tan cloth with brown leather spine label (inked signatures at top of title; light penciling in margins of several pages, otherwise a near fine copy in a handsome binding). London: Chapman & Hall, 1864. First edition. near fine.
Very scarce. A history of exercises and gymnastics from its earliest development among the ancients through the ages. Among the topics discussed are public baths, the ancient gymnasium, the invention of various equipment -- dumb bells, the quoit, javelins, weights, etc., along with the effects of exercise on the prevention of disease. Waller 12714.