1806 Wrestling - SCHWINGEN Ringen. Rare pamphlet with wonderful engraved vignette
Neujahrsblatt (Neujahrsblatt der zürcherischen Hülfsgesellschaft), 1806 issued for the youth of Zurich and devoted to 'Schwingen', a Swiss form of wrestling.
Stitch bound but working loose.
Colloquially known as 'Hoselupf' (Swiss German for "breeches-lifting"), it is a style of folk wrestling native to Switzerland, more specifically the pre-alpine parts of German-speaking Switzerland. Wrestlers wear Schwingerhosen ("wrestling breeches") with belts that are used for taking holds. Throws and trips are common because the first person to pin his/her opponent's shoulders to the ground wins the bout.
The modern history of organised 'Schwingen' tournaments begins with the Unspunnenfest of 1805. Indeed this brochure mentions this event and is therefore surely one of the first printed documents referring to the sport.