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AKIMOTO (Ed) Nihonto Taikan Shinto-hen volume 1, 1966, 10"x14.5" slip case, 75pp of text plus 317pp illustrating 158 shinto blades by b&w plates, to, Osaka, Mito, Sendai etc. Lacks slip case. GBP350 AKIMOTO (Ed) Nihonto Taikan Tsuba, Kodogu-hen, 1972, 10"x14.5" slip case, 210pp of text with illustrations plus 409pp of plates (48 colour) show-ing 675 pieces of the finest tsuba and fittings.This volume and the one above are from the best set of books ever produced on the Japanese sword.SOLD HARADA. English Catalogue of Treasures in the Imperial Repository Shosoin, 1932. 7"x10", 192pp plus 80 b&w plates illustrating the various treasures such as lacquer, textiles & gaming boards, only a few weapons are shown. The English text is comprehensive. GBP25 HONMA & SAITO. Yurakusai Sekibun-ko. 1966. 7.25"x10.25" slip case, 55pp illustrates 36 tsuba plus many small fittings by the famous Shonai artist Yurakusai Sekibun and artists connected to him. SOLD IKEDA. Jidai Mitokoro-shu (Early Three Piece Sets of Fittings). 12"x9" deluxe binding with cloth covered box.163pp of which 149 are coloured plates illustrating 99 sets of kogai, kozuka & menuki; almost all made by Goto artists and dated to the late Muromachi & Momoyama periods. These sets however are made up of pieces by different artists and grouped according to design so that differing techniques can be seen.About half the sets are shown greatly enlar-ged (kozuka to 7.5"). Separate English index to the plates.GBP140 IIMURA. Shin Shinto Taikan 1979. 8.5"x12", 2 Volumes in slip cases, vol.1 750pp of oshigata of blades & signatures including 76 gendaito; vol-ume II 494pp including 54 plates of koshirae & tsuba (32 in colour), 109 sword plates (24 gendaito), 22 of horimono and 37pp of gimei signatures with genuine for comparison. SOLD INAMI. Tsuba, 1969. 6"x8.5", Tsuba from the collection of Dr.W.Fahrenhorst, 170pp almost all plates of tsuba, mostly kinko and some in colour. There is a split in the centre of the book. Scarce as it was not reprinted.GBP45 INAMI. Token Mokuroku 1971 7"x10" paper covers, b&w plates of 36 blades.GBP8 Kaga Kinko Taikan NBTHK 1983, 10.5"x14.75" lacks slip case, 81pp of text illustrated with pages from design books plus 101 colour plates of superb tsuba, kozuka, fuchi-kashira, koshirae and some abumi & Meiji period vases all produced in Kaga Province, many are Maeda family treasures. GBP350 KAJIMA. Osafune Choshi (History of Osafune). 8.5"x12", 2 volumes in a slip case.Vol.1: 366pp of which 329pp are photographic illustrations of 129 Bizen blades, each plate usually with several other oshigata of the same smith's work for comparison. Vol. 2: 363pp illustrates 144 oshigata of nakago plus genealogical tables taken from Edo period reference books and other text information. GBP250 KASAHARA & AKIMOTO Kyo-Goto no Kenkyu (Studies in Kyo-Goto). 7.5"x 10.5" slip case. 334pp nearly all plates (8 in colour). This book covers the 15 branch families (Waki-Goto) only of the Goto school . There is an 18pp history of the families in English with bio-graphical details of the artists. The illustrations show 194 kozuka & kogai, 36 tsuba, 32 fuchi-kashira and 17 sets of menuki. Each is shown front and back and the signatures are enlarged.There are full captions to the plates in English. Stained slip case. SOLD KASHIMA. Bushi no Bi 1988 Exhibition catalogue, 8.25"x11.75" paper covers, 95pp including 26pp of plates illustrating 16 swords & 30 tsuba plus 34pp colour plates showing fine Goto and other fittings, some pieces have been in other books. GBP35 KOKUBO. Kinko Tsuba, 1969 first edition, 6"x8.5", 243pp of which 211pp are plates illustrating fine kinko tsuba.GB50 Kotoki no Meito Kara Osaka Shinto Made 1983. 9"x11.75" soft covers, 76pp of which 59pp are full page plates illustrating 57 sword blades and 1 yari, the blades are mostly shinto. This is an Osaka City Museum Exhibition Catalogue. GBP35 Meibutsu Nihonto-ten 1968 Exhibition catalogue,8.25"x11.75" paper covers,122pp with 64pp of plates illustrating fine blades.GBP25 Meito-chu no Meito-ten 1972 Exhibition catalogue,7.25"x10" paper covers, 117pp showing 51 plates of fine blades,slight wear.GBP25 MIYAMOTO. Tsuba Raisan (Adoration of Tsuba) 1994. 6"x8.25" paper covers, 78pp illustrating 50 good tsuba, mostly iron. GBP20 Mogusa to-ten, 7"x10" soft covers 1993, 85pp covering the early Mogusa smiths of northwest Japan with b&w plates of 15 blades, oshigata of 27 blades plus 3 armours. GBP30 NAKAMURA. Tsuba Shusei.1963, 10"x14.5" slip case, 520pp almost all plates illustrating over 2300 tsuba, mostly iron, about 15% are kinko. The book covers all the major iron schools but many of the attribution are very strange. Very much a mixed bag with superb examples next to quite ordinary ones but invaluable for identifying the various schools. GBP500 Nihon no Bijutsu #64 Tosogu. 1971, 7.25"x9" paper covers,104pp, illustrations of swordfittings on nearly every page, the first 12pp in colour.GBP30 Nihonto Meito-ten 1967 Exhibition catalogue, 12"x8.5" paper covers,110pp including 69pp illustrating swords, slight wear.GBP25 Nihonto no Rekishi-ten 1970 Exhibition catalogue,7"x10" paper covers,46pp mostly illustrations of blades.GBP15 ONO. Gendai Toko Kinko Shokukata Soran 1977. 6"x8.5" flexible covers, 247pp with 51pp b&w plates illustrating 79 modern swords (not wartime). The book list modern swordsmiths (including wartime sniths that were still working in 1977) and metalworkers. GBP60
SATO. Edo Shinto Meisakushu NBTHK 1969. 9"X12" slip case, 53pp text and 165pp of plates illustrating 165 oshigata of Edo shinto blades. GBP100
SHIBATA. Shumi no Nihonto. 2002, 7.25"x10" paper covers, 361pp plus 16pp colour plates of tsuba. A general work on swords and the sword world with 102pp of oshigata of tangs with hamon plus other illustrations of hamon, polishing, tameshigiri etc.GBP35 SHIBATA. Ju-ken 1967, 7.5"x10.5" slip case.130pp all oshigata of koto blades & tangs, with a 4pp list of the smiths in English.GBP60 SHIBATA. Tsuba Nyumon 1968.5.5"x7.5", 142 tsuba illustrated by plates, worn copy.GBP25 SHIBATA. Tsuba Nyumon 1967 signed copy.GBP30 SHIBATA. Nihonto Nyumon 1962 5.5"x7.5". General book on swords with oshigata.GBP30 SHIBATA. Aigan Meihinshu 1961. 7.5"x10.25" slip case. 86pp of which 46pp are plates illustrating 43 tsuba plus many kogai and other small fittings, some artists names have been inked in.GBP50 SHIMADA. Goto-ke Jushichi-dai (17 Generations of the Goto Family) 1973. 8.5"x122 slip case, 235pp text with many drawings, photographs, tables etc plus 190pp of plates (39 in colour) showing mainly kogai, kozuka & menuki by the 17 main line Goto masters. The branch families are not covered. This is as the Sano Museum catalogue of the same title. GBP200 Tetsu No Geijutsu Kinsei No Meito Atsuta Shrine 1978. 7"x10" soft covers, 80pp with b&w plates of 33 shinto blades oshigata of 20 blades. GBP22 WAKAYAMA. Toso Kinko Kantei Hikkei 1989, 5.5"x7.5" slip case, 288pp. A general book on fittings showing 107 tsuba and many small fittings. GBP30 Watanabe Seiichiro-shi Kizo Token Zuroku 1992 Tokyo National Museum Catalogue,8.25"x11.75" paper covers,40pp including 30pp plates illustrating 13 blades by photo and oshigata all Juyo Bunkazai or Kokuho presented to the museum.GBP25
ENGLISH & EUROPEAN TEXT
BOYLE. Catalogue Tsuba and Kozuka, Collection of R.C. & H.C. Boyle. undated but post 1916, 12"x10" hard covers with gilt titles, 107pp of typescript with penned additions describing 271 items plus 8 tipped in plates illustrating 48 tsuba. The size and layout of the text is similar to that of the Naunton & Hawkshaw catalogues and clearly suggests that this unique volume was intended for publication at some stage.GBP400 CHRISTIE'S Lundgren Collection of Japanese Metalwork, 8.5"x12" paper bound, 121pp. Sale Catalogue of 1997. 49pp of colour and 3pp b&w plates illustrating 173 tsuba, 59 kozuka, 93 fuchi-kashira, 15 mounted swords and other metalwork including superb examples of Miochin animals. Some of the attributions to unsigned pieces in the original Japanese catalogue of 1992 have been changed.With prices realised.SOLD CHRISTIE'S Russell C.Veit Collection of Japanese Sword Guards Catalogue 21.3.84. 8"x10" stiff paper covers, 72pp, illustrates 181 fine mostly iron tsuba of which 46 are in colour, with a list of prices realized.GBP30 CHRISTIE'S Arts of the Samurai - Christie's New York sale catalogue 23.10.09, 8.5"x10.5", 66pp stiff pape r covers, illustrates in colour 70 lots of swords, fittings armour plus 17 lots associated items, with a list of prices realized. GBP12 CHURCH. Japanese Sword Guards - Some Tsuba in the Collection of Sir Arthur H Church. 1914 First Edition. 10.25"x13", green cloth with bevelled edges, #48 of 100 copies printed. 80pp plus 40 plates with tissue interleaving illustrating 272 tsuba by collotype plates. This edition is seldom on the market. GBP750 Collection Francois Poncetton Gardes de Sabres, the Hotel Druot sale catalogue of 9th June 1929. 10"x11.75" plain paper covers (not original), 74pp plus 24 plates illustrating 124 tsuba, 15 kozuka, 4 helmet bowls and other metalwork.GBP80 Flowers of the Chisel - Malcolm Fairley 1997 selling catalogue, 8.25"x11.5" paper covers, 64pp illustrating in colour 36 pieces of fine metalwork of the Meiji/Taisho periods, mostly boxes, vases and okimono. Some items are by makers of sword fittings.GBP15 FULLER & GREGORY. Japanese Military & Civil Swords and Dirks, 7.75"x10", with 340 photographic plates and 75 drawn illustrations on 288pp. Comprehensive coverage of military and civil (meaning Police,Diplomatic etc.) sword mountings from 1871-1945. Much information on the various types and variations, and on arsenal stamps, sword belts etc, also covers swords worn in Formosa, Manchuria, Korea and elsewhwere. There is very little on blades. GBP225 GEMMELL. Tosogu Treasure of the Samurai 1991. 8.5"x12". selling catalogue, 151pp illustrating mostly in colour 61 tsuba,11 kozuka, 6 futokoromono and other fittings, the pieces are shown larger than life, many showing both sides. GBP50 GEMMELL. Masterpieces From The R.B.Caldwell Collection 1994. 8.5"x12", selling catalogue illustrates 142 high quality pieces in colour on 90 full page plates. GBP60 GEMMELL. The Henry D. Rosin Collection of Japanese Sword Fittings, Syz 1993. 8.5"x12",135pp illustrating in colour 46 tsuba and 46 small fittings plus a glossary and bibliography.SOLD GUNSAULUS. Japanese Sword Mounts in the Collection of the Field Museum 1923, first edition in half morocco, 7"x 9.75", 195pp plus 61pp of plates illustrating 138 tsuba (some showing both sides), and some small fittings, covers all the major schools. Spine faded.GBP100 Halberstadt Coll. Jap. Svaerdprydelser. 1953. 6.75"x9.25" paper covers, 37 tsuba shown.GBP10 HANCOCK, Birmingham Museum Catalogue of Tsuba in the Permanent Collection, undated but probably 1934, 4.75”x7.5”, card covers, with a dated inscription by the author168pp plus 32 plates showing 58 tsuba from the collection. Fairly good condition.GBP25 HARA. Die Meister der Japanischen Schwertszeiraten 8”x11” card covers 1931/2, volume 1: 262pp listing around 2600 makers of Japanese sword fittings plus 4pp of genealogies and 12pp table of kanji and their various readings. Volume 2: 80pp illustrating 93 tsuba and 118 small fittings. This set covers many of the artists whose work we find today. In almost mint condition. GBP160 HARRIS & OGASAWARA. Swords of the Samurai, 1990, 8.5"x11.25" paper covers, 175pp illustrating 30 blades, mountings, armours, tsuba and small fittings, some in colour. Very informative text.GBP40 HUISH. Japanese Kozuka and Kogai an Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of the Hawkshaw Collection, The Fine Art Society 1911. 5.5"x8.5" hard covers, 139pp plus 12 b&w plates with interleaving) illustrating 118 kozuka. This is the sale catalogue for this section of the Hawkshaw collection, the prices are lightly inked in.Sold together with a small paper bound unillustrated abridged catalogue.GBP100 Another copy, there are inked notations on each plate and on the front flyleaf. Rare.GBP80 INAMI. Nipponto The Japanese Sword 1972 reprint, 7.25"x10.5", 222pp, classic book on blades and mountings, many (somewhat dark) illustrations .One of the earliest books in English on nipponto and full of information.GBP75 JACOBY. Japanische Schwertzieraten, Leipzig 1904, 2 volumes with decorated cloth covers. Volume 1: 8.5"x10", 139pp describes the 711 items in the collection, volume 2: 12"x15.5", contains 36 heliogravure plates illustrating 161 tsuba, 82 kozuka & kogai and 44 fuchi-kashira. This book is very rare. SOLD
JAPAN SOCIETY. Transactions & Proceedings of the Japan Society volume 28, 1930-31, 7”x10.25”, paper covers, 197pp with various articles on Japanese history, art and culture and includes a 27pp paper: ‘European Influence on Japanese Sword Fittings 1543- 1853’ by C.R.Boxer on the evolution of those tsuba called ‘Namban’, ‘Hizen’ and ‘Kagonami’. There are 16 plates illustrating 29 tsuba and some small fittings. There is water damage to the last part of the volume and some of the plates are damaged.SOLD JAPANESE SWORD SOCIETY OF NEW YORK. The Japanese Sword and its Fittings, 8.5"x11" paper covers, 48pp. Catalogue of the exhibition held in 1966 at the Cooper Union Museum, shows 9pp of swords and 32pp of tsuba & fittings.GBP20 JOLY, Henri and TOMITA, Kumasaku. Japanese Art & Handicraft (The Red Cross catalogue). An Illustrated Record of the Loan Exhibition Held in Aid of the British Red Cross in October-November, 1915. London, Yamanaka & Co.,1916 First Edition, #120 of 175 copies printed. Heavy folio 12.5"x 9.75", 2 parts bound in one, half morocco gilt with reinforced hinges, 214pp with 8 color plates, 162 b&w plates, all with with lettered tissue interleaving. Illustrates 410 tsuba, 223 kozuka & 110 fuchi-kashira. There are also 62 extra plates showing many prints, paintings, inro and lacquer. Limited edition of 175 copies. This copy is in superb condition, even damaged copies sell for GBP1500-1600. GBP1000 JOLY. H.L. Note sur le Fer et le Style Namban, Société Franco-Japonaise de Paris, 1914, 7”x10.5” paper covers,3pp text plus 3 plates (1 loose).GBP15 JOLY.H.L. Note sur le Manuscrit ‘Toban Shinpin Zukan’, Société Franco-Japonaise de Paris, 1912, 7”x10.5” paper covers, 13pp plus 2 plates shows drawings of 24 tsuba. See below for a complete copy of the manuscript.GBP35 JOLY. Inscriptions on Japanese Sword Fittings, 6.5”x10”, c.1917, paper covers, 32pp plus 7 plates illustrating 34 tsuba and 26 kozuka. Explains briefly how to read signatures, the main text is to help in understanding the kanji, poems and other characters that appears in the decoration of the fittings. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Japan Society.GBP35 JOLY. Japanese Sword Mounts In The J.C. Hawkshaw Collection, 1910, 10.25"x12.75", 26pp plus 50 full page plates with numbered tissue interleaving. nicely rebound in the style of the original binding, no.152 of 300 copies printed. Covers all the major schools, like the Naunton catalogue but this has never been reprinted.GBP650 JOLY. Seymour Trower Catalogue of Japanese Art 1975. 9.75"x12.5" slip case (slight damage), 128pp plus 34 plates with interleavings illustrates 71 tsuba, 63 kozuka, 76 fuchikashira, some swords and much lacquer plus other metalwork.GBP70 JOLY. Shosankenshu Joly's List of Names & Kakihan. 1963, 7.5"x10", 262pp with alternate pages blank for additions by the reader, the book lists around 2950 sword fittings makers and their kakihan or seal.GBP35 Miniatyrhantverkets Mastare 1980.5.75"x8.25"paper covers,Stockholm Exhibition Catalogue,38 tsuba and some small fittings illustrated.Swedish language.GBP15
OGASAWARA (Nobuo) Nippon Tosogu Shusei, Sword Guards and Fittings from Japan, The Collection of the Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Kodansha, 1983, 2 vols., cloth, in a deluxe cloth covered box, 12"x16.5". Vol.1: 269 pp. with colour plates on 12pp. and halftone plates on 194 pp. illustrates 704 tsuba and 2 kozuka. Vol.2: 303pp. with colour plates on 46pp. and halftone plates on 203 pp. Illustrates 839 tsuba & small fitt-ings. Detailed explanation, summary, caption for every plate, list of plates in English. Limited to 1200 copies. Out of print. Complete set with 2 vols. SOLD
OKABE. Japanese Sword Guards, 1908, 6.75”x9.5", decorated cloth covers, 138pp text covering the history of sword fittings giving details of the various schools and lists 500 fittings in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, plus 35pp of plates illustrating 69 tsuba, most of these are not shown in the large Boston catalogue by Ogawa.GBP80 Ozdoby Japonskych Mecu Prague undated, 8"x7.75" paper covers, small catalogue illustrating 40 tsuba, in Czech language.GBP15 ROBINSON, Arms & Armour of Old Japan 1951. 5.5"x8.5" paper covers, 18pp plus 26 plates, an introduction to Jap. swords.GBP7 ROBINSON. The Armour Book In Honcho Gunkiko by Arai Hakuseki. 1964 first edition, 7.5"x10", 132pp with 38 plates and 44 text illustrations, contains much information on early armours GBP90 ROBINSON. The Arts of the Japanese Sword. 1961 first edition, 6.25"x102, 110pp plus 100 full page plates (4 in colour), This book explains the various schools of sword and sword fittings makers. Fair condition.GBP50 ROBINSON.The Arts of the Japanese Sword. 1961 first ed., explains the various schools of sword and sword fittings makers. A well used copy. GBP35 ROBINSON. A Primer of Japanese Sword Blades 1974 reprint 6"x8.5" card covers, 94pp,giving lists of schools and their characteristics together with a list of smiths.GBP35 SATO. Nihonto Koza Volume 6 (Kodogu part 1) transliteration by Harry Afu Watson, 8.5" x11", 522pp. This volume covers mainly the tsuba-ko with a section on Goto and illustrates 327 tsuba. The text is by Ogura Soemon and Kuwabara Yojiro.SOLD SOTHEBY'S Roy G.Cole Collection of Japanese Sword Fittings Catalogue 13.12.90, 8.5"x10.5" stiff paper covers, 67pp, illustrates in colour 45 fine tsuba, 44 kozuka, 56 fuchi-kashira, 25 mostly gold menuki and 2 complete sets of fittings from the Mosle Cololection, with a list of prices realized. GBP25 SOTHEBY'S Sale Catalogue of the Monzino Collection of Sword Fittings & Swords. 18.6.1996, 8.5"x11", decorated boards, 122pp illustrating 263 tsuba, 42 swords & 174 small fittings, mostly kozuka, nearly half the illustrations are in colour.GBP60 SOTHEBY'S Sale Catalogue of the Festing & Backhoff Sale 1st April 1993. 8.25"x10.5" soft covers. 60pp illustrating 35 blades, 5 tsuba and 24 koshirae.GBP25 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOKENKAI. Arms & Armour of Ancient Japan 1964. 8.5"x11" spiral bound paper covers, 66pp, illustrates swords and tsuba from the 1964 exhibition.GBP40 Spectacular Helmets of Japan The Japan Society. Catalogue of the Exhibition of 19856. 9"x12", 193pp showing 75 helmets (37 in colour with 1 armour) of the highly decorative type known as 'Kawari Kabuto' which became fashionable in the later 16th century. There is a 20pp introduction, the book is light on technical details.GBP70 STRÖHL. Japanisches Wappenbuch Nihon Moncho Vienna 1906, 7"x9.5", high quality modern binding with decorative cloth over wooden boards, 250pp with marbled edges, 8 colour plates and over 550 illustrations of mon and their variants with details of the families that used them, their fiefs etc, together with their peerages post 1868. German text, probably the best work on mon.GBP350
TOBAN SHINPIN ZUKAN translated by H.L.Joly, a photocopy of the Société Franco-Japonaise de Paris 1912 publication of Joly’s copy of the 18th century manuscript in the Nordenskiöld Library.196pp spiral binding with a perspex front cover, the back cover lacking. There is a 13pp introduction & index in French plus a 24pp intro by the unknown author and H.L.Joly, plus 171pp illustrating 313 tsuba by drawings. English & French text.GBP100
TOKEN BIJUTSU English Edition of the NBTHK Journal, 7.25"x10" paper covers, Each issue of around 40pp contains oshigata,articles and lectures on blades. descriptions and explanations for each blade plus articles on smiths, illustrations of tsuba & fittings with articles on the same, there is also a kantei blade for each issue. and is the most detailed work (on those smiths covered) on Japanese swords ever printed in English.
TOKEN BIJUTSU English Edition Separate Issues
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM. A Picture Book of Japanese Sword Guards, 1927, 5”x7.5” detached and damaged paper covers, 22pp with brief text and illustrations of 26 tsuba.GBP15 YAMAGAMI. Japan's Ancient Armour Tourist Library 1940. 5.25"x7.75" paper covers, 82pp including 28 full page plates and other illustrations. An introduction to armour.GBP35 YUMOTO. The Samurai Sword. 1981 reprint, better quality illustrations than in the current edition.GBP11 Token Taikai San Francisco 76 loose pages.GBP10 TURNBULL. The Book of the Samurai GBP12 JENYNS. Japanese Porcelain 1st edition 1965GBP60 MIYAKE. Kabuki Drama 1938 Tourist Library. 5.25"x7.5" paper covers, 102pp with illustrations, an introduction to kabuki.GBP12