Martial Arts

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. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
    ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.

    London : 1787

    First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139926

  2. All-in Fighting.
    FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.

    London : 1942

    First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just 6 locations on Library Hub, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, WorldCat adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134212

  3. The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.
    LANG, Herbert Gordon. The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.

    London : [1926]

    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 in London, where Vigny taught... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 117850

  4. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].
    HONDA, Toshizane. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].

    Tokyo : [1923]

    First edition of this exceedingly uncommon work on Kyudo, or Japanese archery, WorldCat records the National Diet Library only, which also holds the sole copy of a revised edition of 1929. Interest in Kyudo increased after 1896, when a group of masters gathered together to find ways to preserve these ancient traditional practices, founding the Dainihon... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 107825

  5. The Sixteenth Round.
    CARTER, Rubin. The Sixteenth Round.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing, of the author's autobiography, written during his 20-year wrongful imprisonment for murder. The story inspired both the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film The Hurricane. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 128516

  6. Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit.
    CREWS, Harry. Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to Sean Penn and Madonna on the title page, "For Sean and Madonna - In many ways this is the one closest to my heart. All best, Harry Crews". Crews and Sean Penn were good friends, having met when Penn bought the film rights to The Knockout Artist. Crews later played a minor role in Penn's 1991... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 124370

  7. Boxing.
    ALLANSON-WYNN, Rowland George. Boxing.

    London : 1889

    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... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 113513

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

    Tokyo : 1928

    First facsimile edition of a work first published in 1652, and untraceable thus, no copy on WorldCat. 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... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 107836

  9. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …
    KUNG FU - Honourable Master Leong Fu. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …

    Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia : 1958

    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... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 99775

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