Schnepfenthal, Germany: Buchhandlung der Erziehungsanstalt, 1796. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Very good condition. Item #015659
xvi, 492 pages of text followed by [iv] pages of index. Original paper-covered boards (hardcover) with handwritten spine label. The boards are heavily rubbed, with some loss at the extremities but remaining intact; protected in custom stiff archival mylar. Illustrated with an engraved allegorical frontispiece and four fold-out plates following the text. Some of the plates are slightly mis-folded or are lightly creased. There is a tiny stain in the margin of the title page and frontispiece. About 150 pages of text have a tiny stain in the top margin; eight pages have a crease at the top corner; page 283 has a small hole which partially affects two letters of text. A few other pages with minor soiling and/or foxing, but remaining attractive and sound. At the Schnepfenthal Institution (Salzmannschule Schnepfenthal), physical education was introduced by one of the teachers (the author) who is considered the founder of modern physical education and gymnastics. On page 78 "Ball mit Freystaten (oder des englische Base-ball)" or baseball is discussed, and continues for several pages. Previous owner's names neatly on the front endpapers. The text is unmarked. First edition.