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lklawson
1/24/2008 2:55pm,
This looks to be the proper place to post this so here goes.

I've transcribed and republished Pepper's Broadsword manual. It's a free download. If you choose to have a treeware copy, it's sold at cost, no profit. It's available at: http://stores.lulu.com/lawson

Blurb follows:
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In 1797, W. Pepper of the Notts Yeomanry Cavalry printed the second edition of his Broad Sword instruction manual.

Carefully transcribed from the original text by Kirk Lawson, this manual is intended to train Cavalry recruits in the basics of the horse mounted Military Saber or "Broad Sword." Instruction begins unmounted with details of the basic guards and cuts and ends with detailed cut and parry drills to be directed by the Fleugelman.

Pepper provisioned his Saber manual with seven line drawing illustrations, providing both internal decoration and visual instruction. These illustrations, restored with digital precision by Kirk Lawson, offer a treasured window into the exciting history of this historic Western Martial
Art.
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While you're there check out the main "storefront" with many other free WMA downloads: http://stores.lulu.com/lawson

Matt W.
1/24/2008 2:58pm,
Cool stuff.

SFGOON
1/24/2008 6:18pm,
Where are you getting all of this?

lklawson
1/24/2008 8:38pm,
Where are you getting all of this?
Two sources.

First, there are some bookstores which specialize in antique books. One in particular, in the UK, specializes in antique boxing books and other "sports" related material.

Second, I get a fair amount from friends who have historic works in their personal libraries.

In theory, I should be able to get some antique manuals through Inter-Library-Loan but it seems that most of the manuals live in University and similar libraries. Said libraries seem rather reluctant to loan these historic works so, so far, I've come up with a goose-egg on borrowing them through ILL.