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    The Hand-book to Wrestling by Owen Swift

    I have republished "The Hand-book to Wrestling" to my lulu site. Download is, as usual, free.

    http://www.lulu.com/content/5015084

    Special thanks to Ken Pfrenger for making this text available to me to republish.

    Blurb:

    In 1840, Owen Swift, already a published author and notable boxer, published "The Hand-book to Boxing."

    Drawing on his extensive experience as a professional boxer, having killed at least two men in the ring, Swift's ambitious booklet attempts to treat the subject of boxing comprehensively.

    Swift first offers a impassioned defense of pugilism, extolling it's virtue and arguing for the legalization of professional prize fighting to the Marquis of Normanby. He follows the plea with a brief history of boxing from ancient greeks to contemporary times, including a treatment of the boxing ceastus and various wraps of antiquity. Swift continues with a discussion and advice for the proper forms to enjoy boxing as an upper class spectator, often called the "fancy." From there he careens into a discussion of boxing schools and the differences between "modern" and "old" style boxing, today sometimes identified as the Broughton era rules and the London Prize-ring rules (LPR). Finally, at long last, he gives instructions for how to box and train to the student, the rules and etiquette for the indispensable job of Seconds, and the "new rules of prize-fighting" (LPR).

    Swift wraps up his bold hand-book with a chronology of boxing "from the times of Fig and Broughton to November 1840," in itself an ambitious undertaking and comprising more than half the pages of his book.

    All for the paltry sum of two shillings!

    With topics far reaching and inclusive, this unique manual is a requisite for classic pugilism enthusiasts, martial artists, and boxing historians alike.
    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk

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    The Hand-book to *BOXING*. :P

    BOXING. Duh. Senior Moment. Sorry.

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    Awesome. Thanks.

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    Cool stuff. I like the historical stuff about the caestus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CodosDeMierda
    Cool stuff. I like the historical stuff about the caestus.
    As I was editing that pic I kept thinking, "That's one freaking big set of brass knuckles!"

    Peace favor your sword,
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    As an obligatory reminder, Ken Pfrenger is a member of this site.


    Also, he's been popping up a lot lately.

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    3moose1 is correct. Sig THAT, you fucker.

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    I went out with a delightful young woman who was on a regimen of pills that made her taste of burned onions.
    That is not conducive to passionate cunnilingus, my friend, let me assure you.
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    I agree with moosey

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    "let fly bang into the mug of your antagonist"

    My new official advice for dealing with body shots.

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    Once again, thanks for sharing this resource.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3moose1
    As an obligatory reminder, Ken Pfrenger is a member of this site.
    And a hugely valuable resource on historic pugilism.

    Also, he's been popping up a lot lately.
    I guess his rep is hitting some sort of, well deserved, critical mass. :)

    Peace favor your sword,
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    Quote Originally Posted by lklawson
    And a hugely valuable resource on historic pugilism.

    I guess his rep is hitting some sort of, well deserved, critical mass. :)

    Peace favor your sword,
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    I met him at a SAMBO seminar last month, had no idea he was such a big deal :p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cy Q. Faunce
    3moose1 is correct. Sig THAT, you fucker.

    Quote Originally Posted by sochin101 View Post
    I went out with a delightful young woman who was on a regimen of pills that made her taste of burned onions.
    That is not conducive to passionate cunnilingus, my friend, let me assure you.
    Quote Originally Posted by HappyOldGuy View Post
    I agree with moosey

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