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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to boxing, wrestling, martial arts, and all forms of unarmed combat.

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  1. By the Man Himself.
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    By the Man Himself.

    As told to Bob Considine and Bill Slocum.
    First edition, first printing. Firmly signed on the first blank. Remarkable life of the Manassa Mauler, one of the genuine icons of the jazz-age icon, whose career began as a teenager scrapping for change in lumber camps. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113556

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Boxing.
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    Boxing.

    With Prefatory Note by Bat Mullins.
    First edition. This copy inscribed on the half-title: "With the Author's Compts. to the Committee of the Oxford & Camb. Club, Jan. 10th 1890", and with their bookplate to the front pastedown, and occasional embossed stamps to the text. Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, fifth Baron Headley (1855-1935), was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge where he became university boxing champion; "Admission at the Middle Temple in 1879 did not presage a legal career. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113513

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Introduction to Japanese Swords.

    Introduction to Japanese Swords.

    First edition. Basic beginner's guide by the eminent American scholar-collector. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: Hollywood, CA

    Stock Code: 107857

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  4. Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths. From 1868 to the Present.

    Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths. From 1868 to the Present.

    Photography by Tom Kishida.
    First edition of this excellent reference work tracing the lineage and work of the sword-smiths active in Japan since the beginning of the Meiji-era. The authors detail the events of the modern sword world, developments in sword-making, the movement into artistic spheres, and the challenges many smiths face in reviving ancient art of Japanese sword forging. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 2002

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 107854

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  5. Yamato-ryu Kyudo Kyokun no maki. [Precepts for Archery of the Yamato School].

    Yamato-ryu Kyudo Kyokun no maki. [Precepts for Archery of the Yamato School].

    First facsimile edition of a work first published in 1652, and untraceable thus, no copy on OCLC. The text lays out the philosophical precepts underlying Mokikawa Kozan's (1631-1701) style of Kyudo, created essentially as a fusion between the two most prominent schools of the time, Heki-ryu and Ogasawara-ryu. Morikawa was the first to define the martial art of "Kyudo" as a practice. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 107836

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  6. Honcho kaji ko.

    Honcho kaji ko.

    [The Imperial Collection of Swords].
    First edition thus, extremely uncommon, just one set noted in OCLC, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Essentially a regional survey of sword makers, giving the name of the master swordsmith, his school, and his disciples, illustrated with examples of nakago -tangs - with mei or signatures. Unmarked as such, but from the collection of Prof. Robert M. Lewert. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1795

    Published: Osaka

    Stock Code: 107382

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  7. Klare Onderrichtinge der voortreffelijcke Worstel-konst,

    Klare Onderrichtinge der voortreffelijcke Worstel-konst,

    Verhandelende hoeman in alle voorvallen van Twist in Handtgemeenschap, sich kan hoeden: en alle Aengrepen, Borst-stooten, Vuyst-slagen &c. verstetten.
    First edition of this renowned manual of self-defence. The work is particularly notable for the telling combination of de Hooghe's clear, but nonetheless dramatic, illustrations, and the simplicity and lucidity of Petter's written instructions. Prof. Sydney Anglo describes it as "historically speaking, the most important treatise on unarmed combat ever printed . Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1674

    Published: Amsterdam

    Stock Code: 103904

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  8. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado)

    Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado)

    The Chinese Art of Self-Defence that is Executed Almost Without any Bodily Contact. (Leong Fu System of Self-Defence).
    First editions, rare complete set, of Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) founder Leong Fu's illustrated martial arts training series. Leong Fu "Atado" Lee trained in China, but when it became a Republic in 1948 he moved to Japan, then settled in Malaysia and opened his own school, teaching his own brand of amalgamated "Atado Karate" (Atado was his nickname). Rare complete, with no copies recorded by OCLC in any libraries internationally, and no trade records in the usual channels. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1958

    Published: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

    Stock Code: 99775

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  9. Brandy for Heroes.

    Brandy for Heroes.

    A Biography of The Honourable John Morrissey, Champion Heavyweight of America and State Senator.
    First edition, first impression. The life of "Old Smoke", bare-knuckle boxer, leader of the Dead Rabbits, and Tammany Hall enforcer; the winner of the heavyweight championship with a disputed victory over Yankee Sullivan in the Battle of Boston Corner, and recipient of a brutal defeat at the hands of William "Bill the Butcher" Poole, leader of the Bowery Boys and founder of the Know Nothing party. Learn More
    £80

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 89318

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  10. Leonard the Magnificent.
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    Leonard the Magnificent.

    Life Story of the Man who made himself “King of the Lightweights”.
    First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by the author/publisher; "This is the first book off the press and the first bound. Nat Fleischer". Born Benjamin Leiner on the Lower East Side in 1896, Benny "The Ghetto Wizard" Leonard, has twice been voted The Ring's second greatest lightweight of all time behind Roberto Duran, Fleischer himself ranked Leonard #2 behind Joe Gans. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 89304

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.

    Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.

    With Decorations by Rex Whistler.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays on boxing, cricket, hackneys and golf. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 63489

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