- The Arts of the Japanese Sword
Faber and Faber Ltd., London, 1970.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles on a black label; 110pp., with 8 colour plates, 104pp. of monochrome plates and many other monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine heel softened; some minor spotting to the text block edges; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Price-clipped dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This book contains detailed information about the making of blades, and also about guards and other sword furniture; there is a highly technical chapter on how to judge a blade, another on the chief schools of Japanese swordsmiths and lists of swordsmiths with their names in Japanese characters, and the schools to which they belonged, along with a thousand other items of information about, for instance, care and cleaning, evolution of styles, year periods, nomenclature of parts and places of manufacture. Indispensable for the collector.
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