B957. Meito Zufu by Gogou Token Kenkyu Kai
B957. Meito Zufu by the Gogou Token Kenkyu Kai in Osaka. 1935. Hardbound, 10 3/4 x 14 1/2", about 220 pages in Japanese. The Gogou Token Kenkyu Kai was a private club of sword collectors and in the pre war years they published 4 volumes of photos of great swords belonging to the membership and for members only. This is one of the 4 volumes. 100 plates (printed one side only) are separated by glasine pages between. Because of the dates of publication and member only distribution, copies of any of these are today almost impossible to find. This is my 2nd copy ever.
The slipcase is missing. At some time before the book came to me, the original binding failed and staples were inserted to hold the book together. Sometime later the staples were removed and the book was rebound. When I received the book it was in need of repair again. I have taken it to a binder who did a beautiful job of restoring the book to what is probably better than original condition; it is now in great shape. There are holes in the pages, nest to the spine, where the staples were. These are not shown in my pictures, which are of the 1st copy of the book I had. 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Usually priced at $175; due to the staples this copy can be had for $95.
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