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Pedestrianism; or an Account of the Celebrated Performances of Celebrated Pedestrians During the Last and Present Century; with a Full Narrative of Captain Barclay?s Public and Private Marches; and an Essay on Training
Copper engraved frontispiece, 8vo 8 ¼ x 5 ¼ 286 pp. 19th century ¾ gilt-ruled straight-grained morocco & marbled boards, spine ruled & lettered in gilt, raised bands. Some rubbing to joints and extremities; top hinge weak, light offset to title from frontispiece, partially eradicated ink signature at top of frontispiece and some light foxing, else very good. The first and probably only edition of this work. Lovesey and Macnab assert this is probably the first book on competitive athletics. ?Barclay?s training methods were to influence athletics training for over a century? L&M. While L&M could be correct about this work?s role in the evolution of competitive athletics, a couple of earlier works on boxing should probably be considered. Nevertheless, this is quite a unique book. Includes accounts of his various walking matches and wagers, including 1000 miles in 1000 hours for 1000 guineas. There appears to be much competitive activity at this time, as there are a ranking list of walking races of the 18th and 19th centuries (see chapter three). His advice on training includes diet and dress and there are reports of shorter running races as well as walking. Walter Thom (1770-1824), who also wrote a history of Aberdeen, was the father of Alexander Thom, founder of Thom?s Almanac.
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