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    Dick's Art of Wrestling

    I have republished the 1887 wrestling manual by William B. Dick, "Dick's
    Art of Wrestling."

    Special thanks to Ken Pfrenger for making this document available to me for republishing.

    As always, the download is free:

    http://www.lulu.com/content/paperbac...stling/6631493

    Blurb:

    Published in 1887, William B. Dick's manual packs big information in a
    small package.

    Dick includes details on several distinct styles of wrestling: German,
    Cumberland, Loose (Catch as Catch Can), Swiss Swing, and Styrian.

    Dick includes the basics of throws, trips, and grapples and, unusually,
    the counters for nearly all.His manual includes 27 clearly drawn
    engravings illustrating techniques and positions making it, altogether,
    a valuable addition to the grappler's historic library.

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
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    Thanks, Kirk, Some pretty unusual styles glossed in this one.

    Have you ever visited the library at the Wrestling Hall of Fame attached to Oklahoma State University? I was there about this time last year and they have some very rare wrestling/self defense manuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR View Post
    Thanks, Kirk, Some pretty unusual styles glossed in this one.
    Yeah, it's a pretty short manual, all told.

    Have you ever visited the library at the Wrestling Hall of Fame attached to Oklahoma State University? I was there about this time last year and they have some very rare wrestling/self defense manuals.
    No, but I'd love to. Especially if they'd let me make scans/pics/copies.

    I'm afraid that OK is more than a bit out of my usual range though. For my repubbing hobby, I depend on personal purchases, loans from friends (such as Ken), and ILL. Given that, I have a back-log of at least 5 or 6 books. I keep meaning to get to "Bombardier" Wells' uniquely and titillatingly titled "Physical Energy - Showing how physical and mental energy may be developed by means of the practice of boxing" but I've had scans of O'Brein's 1928 "Boxing" literally donated to me out of the blue so I'm working on that now. Then I still have material from Ken and have decided to follow up with Doran's "Boxing." (I'll be scanning that tonight.)

    My back-log also includes Spalding's 1902 "Boxing" and, another real gem, Earl Liederman's 1924/26 "The Science of Wrestling and the Art of Ju-Jitsu."

    It has a beautiful EMBOSSED cloth cover and approximately 180 absolutely gorgeous full page (6x9 original) photographs in absolutely PERFECT condition. I drool every time I pull it out and look at it.

    Besides that I'm working on an article and want to write another book and do a 2nd Edition of "Banned from Boxing."

    So many projects, so little time. :P

    Oh, and I'm going on vacation Friday and won't be back for about 9 days or so. (Maybe I'll take some of my projects with me. hahahaha)

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk

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    I asked the wrestling Hall of Fame staff whether the library collection had been cataloged (I was surprised that I'd never come across references to it) and they said that it hadn't yet, but that a grad student was developing a catalog. I encouraged them to get the catalog online as a resource for non-local researchers - hope that happens.

    Enjoy your vacation (well-earned!)

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    Earl Liederman's 1924/26 "The Science of Wrestling and the Art of Ju-Jitsu."
    O, man. I'd love to read that one.
    “Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4

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