Complete Six Issues of “Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture” from the Farmer Burns School of Wrestling.


Burns, Martin [Farmer] (1861-1937)

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Burns, Martin [Farmer] (1861-1937). Complete Six Issues of “Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture” from the Farmer Burns School of Wrestling. Omaha, Nebraska: Farmer Burns School of Wrestling, 1913-1914. First Edition, First Printing. All six issues uniformly comprising of 16 pages (for a total of 96 pages). 4to., measuring 30 cm. Stapled wraps. Our offering consists of six issues, each of which in itself comprises of two “lessons” for a total of twelve “lessons” in total. All “lessons” in this correspondence package are accompanied with a plethora of instructional photographic images, and illustrations demonstrating a variety of stances, moves, and strategies for the amateur wrestler. Additionally, the booklets provide for a range of other health and fitness advice including: calisthenics, stamina exercises, Eastern martial arts principles, dietary suggestions, breathing exercises, and sometimes diverting into tangents such as advice for the ‘care of teeth’ which Burns correctly postulated was a largely neglected part of health in his time. Very light rubbing, fold lines to the centre of all issues where they were folded (unaffecting text), contents remain bright, clean, and unmarked. Overall, very good+. Corresponds to OCLC #4527457 showing only one institutional holding. Exceedingly scare in commerce. Martin “Farmer” Burns (1861-1937) was an American catch-wrestler, wrestling coach and teacher. Claiming to have wrestled in over 6000 matches, it was said that he lost only 7 of his bouts. Burns would go on to coach a myriad of notable wrestlers including: Earl Caddock, Ralph Parcaut, Joseph “Toots” Mondt, Rudy Dusek, Joe Malcewicz, Emil Klank, Jess Westergaard, Fred Beell and Jack Sherry. Curiously, Burns also gained fame for his formidable 20″ long neck. It was said that he was once put into a noose, dropped and lived, all the while whistling “Yankee Doodle”! Burns was inducted into the International Wrestling Institute and Museum Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2002 and The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003. Stapled Wraps. (#1590)