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 dustjackets, prices realized included, 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.
The books are in excellent condition, only very minor dings to the dust jackets and a few prices written inside volume 3. The spine of volume 1 is perfectly intact. Volume 1 was too large for the binding chosen and many copies have broken spines. If you open this book flat on a table you will break the spine; please don't do that. 9 pounds $310.
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