B1023. Nihonto Juyo Bijutsuhin Zenshu vol. 2
B1023. Nihonto Juyo Bijutsuhin Zenshu volume 2. 1985. Clothbound with slipcase, 8 1/2 x 12″, 243 pages in Japanese (the name of each smith is given in English also). Juyo Bijutsuhin is a ranking given to art objects by the government of Japan; it is the last step below Kokuho (National Treasure). Only exceptional quality and or very important pieces are included.
This is one volume of an 8 volume set (see my listing B395 for the complete set). 115 swords are found in this volume, given with well done oshigata and crisp photography. The complete set is pricey; this book lets you see the quality without the financial pain. Condition is like new. 3 pounds, 12 ounces. $55.