B1054. Kokon Kaji Biko by Yamada Asemon
B1054. Kokon Kaji Biko by Yamada Asemon. 1975. Clothbound in 3 slipcased volumes with a cardboard storage box, 7 3/4 x 10 3/4", 788 pages total in Japanese. My understanding of this book: Yamada Asemon was the official sword tester and executioner for the Tokugawa Shogun/government. This book was originally published in 1830 as a 7 stringbound volume set; it has been republished before but this set is the latest and also the only hardbound edition. This is from a limited edition.
This is the book with the Wazamono ranking of swordsmiths according to the sharpness/cutting ability of their blades. Checking on it online, it seems to be held in high regard. Just once, and years ago, I had a 7 volume set of an early reprint; this is the first I've ever seen of the 3 volume hardbound set. Somewhat scarce.
Condition is like new; the books have hardly been opened. 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Now $345.
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