B974. Toban Shokan Kotetsu
B974. Toban Shokan Kotetsu by Shibata Mitsuo. 1967. Clothbound with plastic jacket and slipcase, 7 1/4 x 10 1/2″, 210 pages in Japanese. This book is a facsimile of the earliest tsuba book known, reputed to be from 1736 and by Matsumiya & Kanzan. The original has been lost but reliable copies were made way back when, and this is a recreation of those copies. The book begins with a few pages of handwritten text and then is page after page of drawings of tsuba and short descriptions. 1st time I’ve ever had this title; must not be a very easy book to find.
Condition is excellent. 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Was $180, now $95.