Broad-Sword and Single-Stick - With chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillelah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella, and other Weapons of Self-Defence - The All-England Series - R. G. Allanson-Winn, C. Phillipps-Wolley 1890 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition This rare and oft quoted work on Victorian martial arts, was written by two acknowledged experts in the field, both members of of the Inns of Court School at Arms, one of the major combat sports clubs in London during the late 1800’s.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with examples of various weapons and equipment, diagrams indicating positions of attack and defence, and delightful, vintage sports-related advertisements.

If quite unacquainted with fencing, broad-sword, stick-play or bayonet-exercise, never be tempted into a bout with the quarter-staff.’ - C. Phillipps-Wolley.
  ‘Fascinating book may be one of the earliest ever to discuss the use of everyday items as weapons of self-defense for, in the words of the authors, those tight places where men care nothing for rules, but only want to make the most out of that weapon which the chance of the moment has put into their hands. It contains many useful insights into effective training in armed combat and how such training relates to real-world self-defense. A must-read for anyone interested in the arts of stick work, swordplay or the no-holds-barred use of any convenient weapon, whether he has in his hand a single stick, a cutlass, or the leg of an old chair.’ - Description from the Paladin Press Combat Classics reprint.

Rowland George Allanson-Winn (1855-1935) - Educated at Westminster School (London) and at Trinity College (Cambridge) where he won both the national middleweight and heavyweight college championships in boxing. A lifelong devotee of the "manly arts of self defence", Allanson-Winn was also a prolific author on combat sports, including the classic Boxing (1897) and Broadsword and Singlestick (1898).

Allanson-Winn, together with Phillipps-Wolley, was a member of the Inns of Court School at Arms, which was one of the major combat sports clubs in London during the late 1800s. He was also a professional engineer, specialising in the protection of foreshores against erosion. He served as an Irish Representative Peer in the British House of Lords between 1883 and 1913. In 1913 he converted to the religion of Islam and took the spirtiual name Shaikh Rahmatullah al-Farooq, eventually being elected president of the British Muslim Society.’ -
Martial Arts Encyclopedia.

16mo. pp. [4] 116. Publisher’s blue cloth, illustrated and lettered in black, sports-related advertisements to endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, lightly rubbed at spine ends, minor offsetting to endpapers, blind stamp of W.H. Smith to upper corner of front endpaper, a few gatherings over-opened.   Ref: 107744   Price: HK$ 5,000