THE CONNOISSEUR'S BOOK OF JAPANESE SWORDS Kokan Nagayama
Brand New (Unread) Hardback Book entitled: THE CONNOISSEUR'S BOOK OF JAPANESE SWORDS by Kokan Nagayama and Translated by Kenjo Mishina - 1997 - Kodansha International - 355 pages, packed full of information that has been previously inaccesible to the non-Japanese reader. The book is organized along historical lines for clarity and convenience with features on specific Schools and Smiths. The chapter on 'terminology' gives advice on what to look for when examining the different parts of the blade, and the chapter on 'care and appraisal of blades' tells how to handle blades and what to expect at a sword appraisal. Profusely illustrated with more than 550 of the author's own 'oshigata' illustrations, this book is easily the most informative and comprehensive guide to the blades of Japanese swords in English. Kokan Nagayama was designated a Living National Treasure in 1998. This book details the intensive knowledge he has gained over a lifetime of study. Condition: New/Unread.
Size: 10 1/2 in. x 7 3/4 in.
Item #: MT-B31523
PRICE: $ 75.00
THE SHOGUN INHERITANCE - Michael Macintyre Japan and the Legacy of the Samurai
Hardback Book entitled The Shogun Inheritance - Japan and the Legacy of the Samurai by Michael Macintyre 1981 - Based on the BBC Series - This beautiful book is profuse with colorful illustrations. It shows the legacy of tradition which is deeply rooted in Japan's past, out of which has grown this mighty industrial power. It's a facinating book containing 210 pages and a Glossary. Published by William Collins and Co., Ltd. Condition: Very good, with dust jacket has some scuffs from being on a shelf; one tiny tear on the dist jacket.
Size: 10 in. x 11 1/4 in.
Item #: MT-B201570
PRICE: $ 19.00
Hard-to-Find Small Old Softcover Book entitled 'Japanese Swords' by Nobuo Ogasawara - Translated by Don Kenny - 1984- Hoikusha Publishing Co. - No. 22 of Hoikusha's Color Books Series - 128 pages, packed full of photos in color and black and white. It's divided into sections on Swords and Mountings, Sword Guards, Armour, Helmets and Emaki, etc., Sword Making, Sword History and a Glossary. Condition: Very Good, clear dust cover present with tiny tear at the bottom of the spine; a slight bend present, mostly on the back, but in no way disturbs the integrity of the book. It's a great little book.