B868. Shosoin no Token
B868. Shsoin no Token by Shosoin Office. 1974. 2 volumes, the slipcase is missing. 1 volume is clothbound and the other is softbound, 10 1/2 x 15″. The cloth volume is about 285 pages in Japanese with a 22 page introduction, description of the objects, and glossary in English. About 160 pages of this volume are given to very crisp black & white photos of the objects. The soft volume is about 65 pages printed one side, of oshigata. The Shosoin is the Nara Period (8th Century AD) Imperial storehouse of treasures; this book presents the edged weapons inside. Many of the blades were imported from China and all of them are important. The 22 pages in English contain lots of information: blade types and configurations, grain, hamon, even mekugi-ana, and much more. This is a wonderful reference and a very beautiful book.
A corner of the softbound volume has been bumped a bit; otherwise condition of both books is great. 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Was $300, now $250, but because the slipcase is missing this set can be had for $125 (a bargain).