B758. Nihon Toko Jiten: Koto & Shinto with full translations
B758. Nihon Toko Jiten by Fujishiro, with full translation. Hardbound, 6 ¼ x 9 ¾”. 2 volumes in Japanese: Koto Hen, 619 pages; Shinto Hen, 492 pages. Both Japanese volumes have stapled Tables of Contents in English. This is the first book you reach for when researching a sword. Close to 1,000 of the top smiths ever are presented with sharp oshigata, typical signatures, information about the work, dates, provinces, relative rankings, and more.
The English translations were published in 1991 by Harry Watson. Hardbound, 8 1/2x 11”, 330 and 295 pages, inscribed to a former owner by Harry. A 100% translation with glossaries and 3 indexes in each volume. A limited number of the translations were printed and they won’t be reprinted; they’ve always been difficult to find.
I also currently have the Japanese volumes without translation: B738. Need only the translations? I can do that.
The 2 Japanese volumes may or may not have slipcases and the slipcases might be rough (the slipcases of these books weren't the best). There is a little discoloration on the outside of the Shinto volume; otherwise it and the Koto volume are in fine condition. There is foxing on the tops of the page blocks of the translations. This is top surface only; the foxing doesn't continue onto the pages. Otherwise the books are in excellent condition. 11 pounds, 13 ounces. $850.
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