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BACHSTROM (Jean Frederic)
L'Art de Nager ou Invention à l'aide de laquelle on peu toujours se sauver du Naufrage; &, en cas de besoin, faire passer les plus larges Rivières a des Armées.
A Amsterdam Chez Zacharie Chatelain, 1741. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, 157 x 91 mms.,pp. [vi], 70, including half-title, engraved frontispiece, title-page in red and black, contemporary mottled sheepskin, spine ornately gilt in compartments; front free marbled end-paper missing, top and base of spine chipped, but a very good and attractive copy. The earliest book on swimming published in Europe is probably that by Melchisedech Thevenot, L'Art de Nager, demontré par figures, avec des avis pour se baigner utilement, published in 1696; curiously the next French edition did not appear until 1769, but the volume was translated into English in 1699. Jan Fryderyk or Johann Friedrich Bachstrom (1688 - 1742) invented a life jacket made largely of cork for use by sailors at sea, and the book is more about that invention than swimming. One of the earliest appearances of swimming in English literature in English literature is in Thomas Shadwell's The Virtuoso (1676), where the "virtuoso," Sir Nicholas Gimcrack learns the theory of swimming, by, as I recall, lying on a table and imitating a frog. Sixteenth century writers such as Thomas Elyot and Richard Mulcaster were early advocates in England of the virtues of swimming. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books, ABA, ILAB [LONDON, United Kingdom]

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