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Mercuriale, Girolamo
Hieronymi mercurialis de arte gymnastica libri sex
apud Iuntas [Lucantonio Giunta], Venetiis, 1601. Fourth edition, square 8vo, pp. [16], 308; 23 full-page and 1 double page woodblock text illustration; 26-page index and flyleaves lacking, slightly later marbled paper-covered boards backed brown leather, boards worn and bowed, upper hinge starting, head and tail of spine perished, edge waterstained through first quarter of the book, mostly confined to margin, good and sound. The first book on sports medicine. "Mercuriale, professor of medicine at Bologna and Pisa, is probably best known to modern students of medical history for the present work, first published in 1569. It was the first complete text on gymnastics and stresses the importance that all forms of exercise have in maintaining good health. Relying heavily on ancient practices, this work is an excellent compendium of the physical therapy of earlier times" (Heirs of Hippocrates) "The illustrations which accompanied the second edition of the work (1573) proved incredibly fertile to the Western imagination regarding the nature of athletics in the Classical world. Modern scholarship has recognized that these illustrations were largely speculative creations of Mercuriale and his collaborators." (Wikipedia) Heirs of Hippocrates 354 for the first edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]

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