Boston: A.J. Sheafe, 1905. First English Language Edition. Quarto (28cm); dark green cloth, stamped in gilt and blind; xviii, 302pp, frontis.. Spine heel chipped; front leading corner bumped; minor rubbing to extremities, handling wear. Textblock toned; bindings slightly shaken; lightly foxed preliminaries. Overall Very Good.
This book was originally published in 1887, by German choreographer and theorist Friedrich Zorn. Within is a comprehensive manual for the instruction of basic dance technique and notation, using "Stenochoreography" (devised by Arthur de St. Léon) and his own system, devised as an improvement on the former. Zorn thoroughly covers the methodology of performing (and notating) basic positions, exercises, and more complex social and folk dances. Nowadays, few social situations call for mastery of the quadrille or gavotte, but those familiar with classical ballet will notice that very little has changed regarding the dance's most basic positions and terms.