Early British Swimming, 55 BC-AD 1719: With the First Swimming Treatise in English, 1595
University of Exeter Press, 1983 - 215 pages
In 1857 Everard Digby, an extrovert Cambridge scholar, published the first scientific treatise on swimming - and one of the first on any modern sport. Six months later he was expelled from his college, and dies in obscurity as a country parson. Nicholas Orme rehabilitates Digby as a great pioneer of the history of sport. The book opens with a detailed history of swimming in Britain from the Romans to the sixteenth century, which is followed by an account of Digby's life and work and its impact on swimming down to the eighteenth century. The book also includes the first modern edition of Digby's treatise, in the English version of 1595, with the 43 original illustrations.
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La première partie contient de très nombreuses références ( surtout en latin et vieil anglais ) sur les exploits de personnes ayant par exemple traversé un fleuve, ou échappé à la noyade.
La seconde partie reprend "A short introduction for to learne to swimme", traduction anglaise du fameux "De Arte Natandi" ( Digby, 1587 ), considéré comme le premier ouvrage traitant uniquement de natation.