The code of Terpsichore : a practical and historical treatise on the ballet, dancing, and pantomime, with a complete theory of the art of dancing, intended as well for the instruction of amateurs as the use of professional persons
Print Book, English, 1828
Printed for James Bulcock, 163, Strand, London, 1828
vii, 548 pages, 22 pages of music, 18 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Although the title page of the original 1828 edition, entitled "Code of Terpsichore," states that it was translated by R. Barton, "Code of Terpsichore" is the first title under which the book was published. Parts of the book were previously published in French, but the entire work was not published in French until 1830. There is no mention of a French title for the complete work Code of Terpsichore in its 1828 edition. The 1830 French versions are translations from Barton, not Blasis's original text
Includes 17 engraved plates illustrating various dance poses, and dance positions of hands and feet; caption below reads "London: Published by Edward Bull, 26 Holles Street;" the frontispiece plate is a drawing of Terpsichore, "Engraved by J. Kennerley after Canova. London: Published by Edward Bull, 26 Holles Street."
The dance music, composed by Carlo Blasis and his sisters Teresa and Virginia, comprises "Quadrilles by Mr. Blasis" (L'Aurore, Les Bacchantes, La Fantasque, Le Musulman, La Coquette, La Jalouse, La Delivré́e, La Virginie, Le Petit Maître, L'Irma, and La León; and "Two Original Waltzes" by Melle. Blasis (No. 1 La Gracieuse; No. 2 La Bizarre)