The Art of Dancing. Comprising its Theory and Practice, and a History of its Rise and Progress, from the Earliest Times. Intended as well for the Instruction of Amateurs as the Use of Professional Persons. By C. Blasis, Principal Dancer at the King's Theatre, and Composer of Ballets. Translated, under the Author's Immediate Inspection, By R. Barton. The Second Edition. 1831.
Carlo Blasis was an Italian dancer, choreographer and dance theoretician. He is well known for his very rigorous dance classes, sometimes lasting four hours long. Blasis insisted that his students learn theories and definitions of dance steps. (wikipedia)
The book is dedicated: "To Mr. P. Cunningham with the best wishes and lasting friendship of the Author." It is presumed to be the signature of Carlo Blasis as he later dedicates the book to Virginie Blasis, signing it "by her affectionate brother, the Author".
Book board is completely off at the front, rear board is partially detached. Half leather, tooled and embossed, with marbled boards and leather corners. Substantial shelf rub, front and back. Spine chipped, shows gilt lettered title "Blasis' Art of Dance". Sixteen plates at the back of the book, complete, showing dance movements and figures. Twenty two pages of music at the end of the book. Plates show some small tears, and one or two of the music plates have perforation/tear at the press margin. There is some damp staining, predominantly on the top right of the plates.
Internally there is some tanning, especially to page edges, but very little foxing. Some pages show light pencil notation and the occasional ink mark.
Prior book seller's sticker at the bottom right inside the front board: W&J Kennedy, Hawick.
Although boards are detached, book is complete and internally bright, hence the rating of Good condition.