B247. 3 Compton Auctions at Christie's
B247. Japanese Swords and Sword Fittings from the Collection of Dr. Walter A. Compton, Parts I, II, & III, by Christie’s. 1992. Softbound with dust jackets and prices realized, 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”, 440, 245, & 130 pages in English, 971 lots. Dr. Compton had the most impressive collection of Nihonto in private hands outside of Japan, and there can’t be more than a few in Japan to rival it. In 1992 Christie’s Auction House in New York sold the collection in 3 sales; these are the sale catalogs. Many of the swords and mountings had Juyo and Tokubetsu Juyo papers from the NBTHK; the quality and importance of the items was impressive. Swords are shown in black & white; kodogu in catalog 1 are shown in color and mostly black & white in catalogs 2 & 3. Almost every item is thoroughly described and well illustrated. Each catalog has an index, glossary, and bibliography.
All 3 books are in excellent condition. The spine of catalog 1 has not been broken and there are no loose pages. Note: catalog 1 was too big for the binding Christie’s used and many copies of this book are broken. If you buy this set and open #1 flat on a table you will break its spine; please don’t do this. 9 pounds. Was $475; now priced at $290.
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