Thursday, January 19, 2012


ISBN-13: 978-0-19-928052-0
Writer: Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
Title: Managing the Body
Subtitle: Beauty, Health, and Fitness in Britain, 1880-1939
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of Publication: 2011 (reprint)
Format: 162x239mm
Pages: xi+394
Illustrations:15 black and white pictures
Front Cover Photograph: Bathers at the Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park, London, May 1932 © Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Binding: Hardcover in duotone printed covers
Weight: 737gr
Entry No.: 2012003
Entry Date:19th January 2012


Managing the Body explores the emergence of modern male and female bodies within the context of debates about racial fitness and active citizenship in Britain from the 1880s until 1939. It analyses the growing popularity of hygienic regimen or body management such as dietary restrictions, exercise, sunbathing, dress reform, and birth control to cultivate beauty, health, and fitness. These bodily disciplines were advocated by a loosely connected group of life reform and physical culture promoters, doctors, and public health campaigners against the background of rapid urbanization, the rise of modern lifestyles, a proliferation of visual images of beautiful bodies, and eugenicist fears about racial degeneration.

Zweiniger-Bargielowska shows that body management was an essential aspect of the campaign for national efficiency before 1914. The modern nation state needed physically efficient, disciplined citizens and the promotion of hygienic practices was an integral component of the Edwardian welfare reforms. Anxieties about physical deterioration persisted after the First World War, as demonstrated by the launch of new pressure groups that aimed to transform Britain from a C3 to an A1 nation. These military categories became a recurrent metaphor throughout the interwar years and the virtuous habits of the healthy and fit A1 citizen were juxtaposed with those of the C3 anti-citizen, whose undisciplined lifestyle was attributed to ignorance and lack of self-control. Practices such as vegetarianism, nudism, and men's dress reform were utopian and appealed only to a small minority, but sunbathing, hiking, and keep-fit classes became mainstream activities and they were promoted in the National Government's 'National Fitness Campaign' of the late 1930s.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIE SCHÖNHEIT II.-XI. (1905-1914)

We have just acquired a bound volume of 11 early issues of the German magazine DIE SCHÖNHEIT (1905-1914), the contents of which will be indexed in the near future.

Bound in blue boards with faded gild letters on the spine and front cover, the book has been in fine condition with interesting articlea and numerous duotone and black and white illustrations.

Karl Vanselow (1876-1959) edited it to 1914; Richard A. Giesecke of Dresden to 1932 when he suspended publication of the monthly magazine.

Issues available are: II.2, 3, 5, 6; III.7; VII.7; X.6, 7: XI.4, 6, 12.


itle: Die Schönheit, Heft 2, II. Jahrgang
Publisher: Verlag der Schönheit, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien
Editor: Karl Vanselow
Language: German
Country of Origin: Germany
Format: 161x244mm (trimmed)
Pages: 74 single colour excluding covers printed on matt art paper (volume continuous pagination)
Illustrations: 22+ black and white plates and pictures
Frequency: Monthly
Binding: Thread stitched
Weight: N/A
Single Copy: N/A
Subscription rates: (12 issues) N/A


(68) Blühende Äste von Hugo Salus
(69) Morgenluft von Dr. Heinrich Pudor
(72) Eigene Schönheit von Ed. Platzhoff-Lejeune
(77) Das Hirtenmädchen von Franz Müller-Münster
(78) Von der Schönheit der Frauen. IX. Julie Récamier von Dr. Adolph Kohut
(88) „Das Nackte in der italienischen Hochrenaissance‟ (Michel Angelo, Tizian, Raffael, Correggio) von Josef Kirchner
(99) Gebet von Georg Edward
(100) Die Schönheit im Hause und die Frau von Dr. Adolph Kohut
(107) Geschlecht und Gesellschaft.II  Schule und Sittlichkeit
(114) In nackter Reinheit. Skizze von Anton Freiherr von Perfall
(120) In Andacht von Karl Vanselow
(121) Stunden aus dem Leben eines Weibes. I von Rosa Maria
(126) Meeresidylle von Carl Busse


(17) Die begehrenswerteste Frau
(17) Frauentracht und Körperverkrümmung
(18) Die Fächersprache
(19) Der unsittliche Griechen-Gott
(19) Eine internationale Touristenbahn
(19) Familienbäder
(19) Förderung der Leibesübungen in Amerika
(20) Antikes Salböl
(20) Ein neues Mittel zur Beseitigung des Muttermals
(21) Bezugsquellen und Empfehlungen
(23) Anzeigen
(29) Zur Besprechung eingegangene Bücher
(30) Die Heilanstalt Waldof-Elgershausen
(30) Über das Waschen der Augen
(30) Mund- und Lippenpflege

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


ISBN-13: 978-0-8047-0015-3
Writer: John Alexander Williams
Τitle: Turning to Nature in Germany
Subtitle: Hiking, Nudism, and Conservation, 1900-1940
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
Place of Publication: Stanford, CA
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Year of Publication: 2007
Format: 158x235mm
Pages: x+354 printed on acid-free, archival-quality paper; Abbreviations, 265; Notes, 267; German Archives and Periodicals Consulted; Bibliography, 331; Index, 351
Illustrations: 13 black and white pictures and sketches
Jacket Illustration: B
ndische Jugend at the 1919 national meeting in Coburg of the Wandervogel, eingetragener Verein
Jacket Design by Rob Ehle
Binding: Hardcover in duotone laminated dust jacket
Weight: 621gr.
Entry No.: 2008014
Date of Entry: 21st February 2008


Turning to Nature in Germany is a study of mass movements that aimed to bring the German people into closer contact with nature. In the early twentieth century organized hikers, nudists, and conservationists all looked to nature for solutions to the nation's political crises. Following these movements over three political eras--the Second Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich--the book shows how manifestations of popular culture reflected the concerns and hopes of their time. Williams breaks with historians who have long seen nature movements as anti-modern and irrational by arguing that naturists were calling not for Germany to turn back the clock, but for the nation to find a way to navigate the treacherous waters of contemporary life and strive toward a brighter future.