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FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart
All-in Fighting. Rifle Section by Captain P. N. Walbridge.
London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1942. London: Faber and Faber Limited,, 1942. Octavo. Original rust cloth, lettered in red on the spine and with red title panel to the front board. With the pictorial dust jacket. Numerous full-page illustrations. Pale toning to the text-block, the jacket lightly rubbed, spine tanned and mildly chipped head and tail, a very good copy. First edition, this copy signed, and dated 1944, on the title page.. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted rules. They are not intended to provide amusement for all-in wrestling spectators, but for use in these dangerous times as part of national preparedness against our enemies" (Introduction). The author was in charge of the Shanghai Municipal Police Riot Squad and was their Chief Instructor in self-defence. He was the first foreigner living outside of Japan to be awarded a Black Belt Degree by the Kodokan Jiu-Jitsu University on Tokyo. Probably best known as co-designer of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, instructions for the use of which are contained in the present book. The description of the 'grape vine' in "Various Methods of Securing a Prisoner" is a thing once read, never forgotten. Genuinely uncommon - just 12 locations traced in a search of online institutional holdings - particularly so in the jacket, and notably, this is the first signed copy that we have encountered.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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