B880. Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Sword Guard
B880. Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Sword Guaed. 1979. Clothbound with dust jacket, 7 1/2 x 10 1/2″, 191 pages in Japanese and English. Of the 3 Nihonto books in this series: Swords, Sword Mountings, and Sword Guards, this is the most difficult to find. 542 great tsuba from one of the world’s great collections are shown in chronological order in sharp black & white photos and described in both languages. This is a very good reference.
This book, not the one in my picture, is in good reading condition. There is faint staining at the bottom of the dust jacket and and a bit of foxing on the age block that doesn’t carry on into the pages. Not perfect but not distressed either. 1 pound, 10 ounces. $180 P