B731. Nihonto Zuikan by Kataoka
B731. Nihonto Zuikan: Koto & Shinto by Kataoka. Clothbound in 2 large volumes with slipcases, 9 x 12", in Japanese. Koto: 1982, 1,064 pages. You have 2 choices for the Shinto volume. The 1st edition of Shinto is 1977, 991 pages; the 2nd edition is 1984, 1,068 pages. The Koto and 2nd edition of Shinto have indexes in English. Other than the 7 volumes of Nihonto Taikan (also on this site) this is the greatest of the Taikan/Zuikan. Well done oshigata of just about every smith who mattered. This is an incredible reference; if you care about Nihonto you lust after these books.
I have digital copies of English indexes to all 3 volumes; if you buy this set remind me to send you them. All 3 are included in the "Index of Japanese Sword Literature" on the JSS/US website
The slipcases (probably not the ones in my pictures) may be a bit dinged but still sound; the books are in great condition. You are buying 2 volumes: Koto and one of the Shinto. 20 pounds, 10 ounces. $850 with the 1st edition Shinto or $900 with the 2nd.
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