Place Published: [London]
Publisher: not stated
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Binding: Hard Cover
RARE EDITION OF THIS CORNERSTONE BOOK ON SKATING
Robert Jones. A treatise on skating: founded on certain principles deduced from many years experience: by which that noble exercise is now reduced to an art, and may be taught and learned by a regular Method, with both Ease and Safety. The Whole illustrated with copper plates, representing the Attitudes and Graces.
Dedicated to the Right Honourable Lord Spencer Hamilton. xiv, (2),-64 pp., 2 hand-coloured engravings [plate 2 & plate 3] of a skater in formal dress; the engravings have plate numbers and are stamped “W. Darling fect., Gt. Newport St.”. New dark brown leather, and new tea-coloured endpapers, in a matching slipcase (half dark brown leather, half cloth, with a coloured reproduction of a skater within an oval on the front of the slipcase). This copy is imperfect. The original title leaf is missing and has been replaced by a hand-drawn title with the conjectural date “London abt 1768”. Also missing in this copy are 2 of the 4 copper plates of skaters. Some minor contemporary ink to a couple of pages. Although this is an imperfect copy, it has been beautifully restored.
Rare, as only one other copy of A Treatise on Skating has appeared at auction in the last 25 years.
Jones’s A treatise on skating (ESTC T116077) was first published in 1772: printed for the author, and sold by J. Ridley, in St. James's Street. Circa 1783-5, there was reissue which had a cancel title leaf (“a Gentleman” substituted for “R. Jones, Lieutenant of Artillery”) and a new table of contents without the dedication and preface: London: printed for the author and sold by C. Fourdrinier, Charing Cross; and all other booksellers and news carriers (price 1s 6d.). A third reissue (ESTC T115198, dated [1780?] with a cancel title page, “the second edition [printing]”, appeared probably on 1782 or slightly thereafter. The third reissue has the imprint: London: printed for the author: and sold by J. Williams, No. 39, Fleet-Street; C. Fourdrinier, at Charing-Cross; and T. Jones, in Clark-Court, Drury-Lane. Price from imprint: two shillings. The third reissue also has “The Skaiter’s March”, composed for the Skaiter’s Club of Edinburgh as sung by Messrs. Bannister and Wilson. Suggested date “after or on 1782” based on “The Skaiter’s March”, which was first published in the July 1782 issue of the European Magazine. All three issues of A treatise on skating are from the same setting of type.
This is the first book on skating in English. It begins with advice on choosing skates and starting to skate, then details more difficult maneuvers for advanced skaters. Skates manufactured to Jones’s designs could be bought at Riccard’s Manufactory in London. He was one of the first people to advocate the firm attachment of a skating blade to a shoe by means of screws through the heels. The author of A treatise on skating, Robert Jones (c1740-c1778), was a lieutenant in the artillery corps of the British Army. His other book is entitled A New treatise on artificial fireworks (1765). In 1772, he was arrested on a charge of illicit relations with a thirteen year-old boy. Jones was found guilty and sentenced to death. However, on the day of his hanging, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. One month later, King George III granted him a pardon if he agreed to go into permanent exile. He lived out the rest of his life in the south of France.
Book is on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #8250