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PILATES, Joseph H., & William John Miller
Return to Life through Contrology
New York: J. J. Augustin,, 1945. Quarto. Original cream cloth, front cover lettered in brown. With the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout. Some nicks, chips and tears to jacket, some staining to jacket flaps. Front pastedown with the stamp of the New York "Pilates Studios". First edition, first printing of Pilates's first book. Presentation copy from the author, exuberantly inscribed on the the half-title: "To Leo C. Freima (?) - Everlasting "Youth" to you and yours through "Contrology", sincerely Joe, 1948"; and with an additional note in the author's hand, adding "all" to the line "Photographs of Joseph H. Pilates at sixty" (title page verso). With a fascinating clutch of ephemera: 5 studio photographs of Pilates performing various exercises are pasted in at the end of the book; loosely inserted: original post card showing the Pilates studio at 939 Eighth Avenue, New York; Pilates studios business card; printed flyer for the studio; 4-page folded A4 advertisement for his "Commando Exercise"; A4 "report" (dated 20 February 1948) into the violation of chiropractic practices; magazine article on Pilates. A marvellous archive of rare material relating to one of the gurus of modern "keep fit".
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