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The Art of Dancing Explain’d


A revised and restored edition of Kellom Tomlinson’s 1735 book, The Art of Dancing Explain’d, giving instruction on many popular dances of the day in text and engravings.


The Art of Dancing Explain’d is an original work of text and engravings, first published by the author in London in 1735. While contemporary books of dance notations were intended mainly for masters, Kellom Tomlinson’s treatise was aimed at a wider, however affluent, public. In it, he details dance steps expected of the genteel of his day, including the coupee, bouree, rigadoon, galliard, pirouette, and many variations upon the minuet. The thirty copper engravings ushered in a groundbreaking method of communication technology, combining the notations of dance steps on the ground with a dancing figure performing them.

This edition is digitally restored and revised, making both the text and images more legible and accessible for modern readers. Featuring a new foreword by Gabriella Karl-Johnson to give context to Tomlinson’s innovative book, it’s the perfect companion resource for dance enthusiasts and academics.

BONUS! Available by print-on-demand, this edition can be purchased from various retailers. Unique to the House of Oktober offering is that this edition will come with a special print: one of the engravings from the book inkjet printed on Khadi (cotton rag) paper in A5 size. Please note that because Khadi paper is handmade, it is textured and with a ragged edge, and therefore each print will have slight variations.

Additional information

Weight .616 kg
Dimensions 24.9 × 18.9 cm
Book format

Soft cover book, available by print-on-demand.






Crown Quarto (189 x 246 mm / 7.44" x 9.68")

Publication Date

June 2021

Revised and Restored by

Katherine Oktober Matthews


Book, Book with print

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