Pskov: printed by the author, 1913. 18 p., 7 full-page ills. Original illustrated wrapper. Block is slightly bent and the wrappers are soiled, otherwise good.
This curious self-published regional brochure is dedicated largely to the Australian crawl stroke. First recorded in Australia in 1870s, this is probably the first detailed description of the style in Russia. Lieutenant Pokrovsky gives describe the technique of the crawl and supplements it with illustrations, adding that he has learnt the style from the German tutorials, but have tried it since and while describing the method has added the advices to the swimmers from his own experience.
The brochure gives the recent swimming results of the best in ‘Australian method’ listing Syndey’s Bill Longworth on the top of the list for the year 1911.
Probably with the minimum print-run, at the back of the book we still could read ‘demand in all of the large bookstores of the Empire’.