Paul Preston's Book of Gymnastics Children's Sports 1842 rare illustrated bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, Children's Books, Sports, Gymnastics, Illustrated Books, 19th Century Books).
Paul Preston's Book of Gymnastics: or, Sports for Youth. A Legacy to Promote the Health and Long Life of His Youthful Friends.
Published 1842, Boston by Munroe and Francis.
168 pages. Text in English. Illustrated throughout with small in-text diagram drawings.
Publisher's illustrated paper covered boards. Binding remains tight and sound although covers are well age darkened and stained, paper covers edge chipped.
A rare early American book on this topic in any condition.
Interior display some medium to heavy old damp staining at front (affects first six printed leaves) and rear (most prominent of final 8 leaves or so). Rest of text block (majority) remains clean, just minor toning or spots.
Book remains well preserved and attractive on the shelf. It displays a unique age patina, the age flaws easy to forgive given the rarity and interest.
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Book Measures c. 5 3/4" H x 4 3/4" W.