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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. 113716
    Extremely unusual visual guide to the complex lacing of the face and head protection for Japanese armour, intended for the use of ninja, the legendary "covert agents" of feudal Japan. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 113716

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  2. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …
    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"... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99775

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  3. 117850
    First edition of this idiosyncratic stick-fighting handbook combining the "canne" method of Swiss master Pierre Vigny (referred to by Lang as "Vigui") with the "bois" method widespread in the West Indies. The author, a police superintendent in Kathiawar, was born in Grenada in 1887, and possibly came into contact with canne... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 117850

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  4. Boxing.
    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... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 113513

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  5. 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... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107836

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  6. Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths. From 1868 to the Present.
    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... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 107854

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  7. Leonard the Magnificent.
    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... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 89304

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  8. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays on boxing, cricket, hackneys and golf. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 63489

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