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George Hackenschmidt's rare philosophy books

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:40 pm
by psychologist
George Hackenschmidt wrote a couple of very rare books Man and Cosmic Antagonism to Mind and Spirit (1935) and Consciousness and Character: True Definitions of Entity, Individuality, Personality, Nonentity (1937).

These books seemed to espouse some sort of mystical philosophy associated with physical culture. I am looking for the original prints of these books to obtain. I have never seen one online. Has anyone ever come across a copy?

Re: George Hackenschmidt's rare philosophy books

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:33 am
by David Gentle
Whilst i knew of the book, the feed back i got was they were almost unreadable or at least hard to understand. The only person who would have had copies is David Webster, or the Texas /Todd museum lot. Hack was very intelligent and could speak 5 languages, he married a French lady i think. In his twilight years he trained (in secret) over a pub near where to Joe Assirati lived in London (The elephant and castle area) I did a piece on the elderly Hack years ago in Health and Strength and had a photo of him in his senior years standing jumping over the back of an upright chair. Joe ( Poppa Joe) also told me he watched the elderly Geo Hack doing bench presses with 160lbs for high reps, which was amazing considering his advanced years. Back to the books, you are right, they are almost impossible to find and probably just as impossible to understand. I suppose the British Library would have copies, or should, you could read. David Gentle

Re: George Hackenschmidt's rare philosophy books

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:20 am
by peter yates
Hi Daryll, i think David's suggestion of contacting Jan Todd at the Stark museum in Texas is a good one. They may well have copies and there is a way you can read them on line.Hope you find what you are looking for.
Regards,Peter.

Re: George Hackenschmidt's rare philosophy books

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:06 am
by Jarett Hulse
I actually got a copy of Man and Cosmic Antagonism to Mind and Spirit just a few months ago. I too had never seen another copy. I am not interested in parting with it though. I took a few photos of it to post, but the forum said even one photo is too large an attachment to share on these forums.

What i wanted to show with the photos is even the contents are unreadable to me.


I remember having this problem on other forums years ago, and The software has to be updated. There are of course ways to reduce file sizes, but really with today’s technology and file sizes always getting larger with newer better cameras. The ability to be able to take a quick photo and share it easily and without hassle would help with the sharing of knowledge and fun here. Or..... maybe i just did it wrong :D

I just went to attachments at the bottom and tried to upload a photo i took with my iPad

Re: George Hackenschmidt's rare philosophy books

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:15 pm
by peter yates
Jarett, would you mind contacting Diane [administrator] with this problem, it seems others have experienced it too.I am sure she can suggest something.
Thanks,Peter.