Much thanks to these early literature enthusiasts, the library holds many rare and unique works on topics such as anatomy and physiology, for example Anatomia. Ex. officina by Thomas Bartholini from 1669, Explicatio tabulorum Anatomicum by B.S. Albinus from 1744 and Medicine et physique by Babtiste von Helmot from 1671.
The collection has a great deal of gymnastics literature, for example the first illustrated book about gymnastics; De Arte Gymnastica by Mercurialis from 1577. The Swedish gymnastic literature is also well represented in the collection by the founder P.H. Ling and his followers, both in Sweden and abroad. The material contains mostly lessons in gymnastics, with descriptions.
The European gymnastics literature is also represented, mostly from Germany, for example Johann Georg Pascha's Kurtze iedoch grundliche Beschreibung des Voltiger, from 1666. It is a handbook about equestrian vaulting with many amusing illustrations.
The library also owns the first book about acrobatics, Tuccaro's Trois Dialoues de l'Exercise de Sauter, et Voltiger en l'Air from 1599, illustrated with excellent woodcuts.
Famous books about fencing
There are many famous books on the subject of fencing, for example one of the most important Flemish baroque book, Thibault's Academie de l'Espée from 1628, a beautiful magnificently illustrated book about swordsmanship. The first and oldest Swedish book on the same topic is Palaestra Svecana by Porath from 1693. It is mainly based on Salvatore Fabris' famous book about fencing, first published in Copenhagen in 1606.