B1038. Shinto Oshigata Meishu Roku
B1038. Shinto Oshigata Meishu Roku. Traditional string binding with a slip case, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4″, in Japanese. This one is most unusual; it has to be handmade and one of a kind. Whoever made this book (I can find nothing that looks like a signature or author) must have started with a store bought blank book and then set off to fill it with oshigata of swords from the Shinto period. He got 1/3 to 1/2 way through before he stopped; maybe 70 oshigata in all. Most of the oshigata are very nicely done and some of them are exquisite; a few fold out as full length oshigata. Some very important swordsmiths are represented.
The slipcase is in rough condition and would benefit from a careful repair. The book is in great condition. 10 ounces. $50.