But we’re also not above letting other people foot the bill. Like those 1%ers at Google, who’ve been scanning in old books like there’s no tomorrow. Today, we bring to you a title we’d have given our eye teeth for, had it been available as an antiquarian book just five years ago:
Dr. Karl Wassmannsdorff’s Die Ringkunst des deutschen Mittelalters…
Baltiore, MD—If there’s ever an election for patron saint of the scientific discovery and elucidation of Historical European Martial Arts, I’d cast my ballot for the late Dr. Karl Wassmannsdorff, the combative and cantankerous protagonist of German gymnastics and historical German martial arts.
His seminal work on medieval German wrestling, Die Ringkunst des deutschen Mittelalters, from 1870, is the first competent transcription of half a dozen up-until-then-lost wrestling manuscripts. We present it here in its full Google Books glory, with pride but without prejudice! (Just click on the image below for the .pdf!)