I'm a former member of the prior Nihonto Message Board, who's been lurking in the background for a while and recently decided to part with my Library of Japanese sword books that I've assembled during the past 25 years. Many of them are limited or out of print editions, and I've tried to describe their condition in a few words. If you have an interest in any, I can give more details, pictures, etc.
These books have served me well over the years and it's time for them to move on to the next generation of nihonto aficionados.
NIHON TOKO JITEN (KOTO-HEN) FUJISHIRO Matsuo (r.1964)
NIHON TOKO JITEN (SHINTO-HEN) FUJISHIRO Matsuo (r.1964)
NIHON TOKO JITEN (KOTO) - English Translation (Afu)
NIHON TOKO JITEN (SHINTO) - English Translation (Afu) all books in excellent condition, Fujishiro with slipcases, translations inscribed to former owner by Harry Afu Watson $795/set of 4 books
Nihon To Koza Vol.II: KOTO Part I (Afu)
Nihon To Koza Vol.III: KOTO Part II (Afu)
Nihon To Koza Vol.IX: KOTO Part III (Afu)
Nihon To Koza Vol.IV: SHINTO (Afu)
Nihon To Koza Vol.V: SHINSHINTO (Afu)
Nihon To Koza Vol.VI: KODOGU Part I (Afu) all books in excellent condition, inscribed to original owners by Harry Afu Watson $995/set of 6 volumes
SHIN NIHONTO KANTEI NYUMON YUICHI Hiro & KAZUO Iida
New Introduction to the Kantei of Japanese Swords and its English translation (Afu) both books in excellent condition, translation inscribed to owner by Harry Afu Watson $295/2 books
TOKEN KANTEI DOKUHON Nagayama Kokan (1979), and its full
ENGLISH TRANSLATION (spiral bound) Kenji Mishina as published by the Token Society of Great Britain $145/2 books
ONE HUNDRED MASTERPIECES FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. WALTER A. COMPTON S. Izzard, editor (1992) in excellent condition, with slipcase $125
NIPPON-TO: Art Swords of Japan Japan Society (1976) generally good condition with some damage to top of spine and some English notes on 3 pages of glossary $225
Japanese SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part I (Christies Auction Catalog with prices realized, 31 March 1992, NY) softbound with slipcover, binding flaw, otherwise very good condition $275
Japanese SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part II (Christies Auction Catalog with prices realized, 22 October 1992, NY) softbound with slipcover, very good condition $195
Japanese SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part III(Christies Auction Catalog with prices realized, 17 December 1992, NY) softbound with slipcover, very good condition $125
Japanese MASTER SWORDSMITHS: THE GASSAN TRADITION Morihiro OGAWA (1989) pristine condition, $60
Japanese SWORDSMITHS Revised W. Hawley (1981) some wear, minor spine damage, writing on inside cover, some light stains, but still well worth $395
Japanese SWORDSMITHS Vol. 2 only W. Hawley (1967, 68) worn, some graffiti, $95
The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords, Kokan Nagayama, (1997) excellent condition with slipcover $165
THE SCHOOL OF TADAYOSHI: SAGA, HIZEN, Japan 1598 – 1871 (Gold edition with CD) R.J. Robertshaw (1999) inscribed by author, #109 of 200 $545
THE BOOK OF THE SWORD: Ten Monographs on Japanese Swords
Randolph B. Caldwell, Editor (1979) some wear & graffiti, $55
MEIBUTSU: Japanese Swords and Sword Fittings in American Collections
[Chicago] Token Taikai (1979); Rod McIlquham, editor slight wear and staining on cover, $45
NIHON KOZUKA ZUKAN SHIBATA Mitsuo (1969) Japanese reference of kozuka, hard cover, some staining on outside, pages excellent $175
FINE Japanese SWORD FITTINGS – MENUKI (2) Musashiya Co. (1994) 148 pp. Japanese with some English, pristine with slipcase $125
EARLY Japanese SWORD GUARDS SUKASHI TSUBA Masayuki Sasano (1972) no slipcover, some staining, embossed seal of a former owner on inside blank page, $175
Japanese SWORD GUARDS from the Peabody Museum J.D.Hamilton (1975) soft cover, light wear and a couple of spots on outside $55
NIHONTO NEWSLETTER 1968-1969 Yamanaka, Northern California Japanese Sword Club
NIHONTO NEWSLETTER 1970-1972 Yamanaka, Northern California Japanese Sword Club Hard bound, light wear, former owner’s name on inside cover, $195/2 books
NTHK Novice Course Reprinted by the Northern California Japanese Sword Club (1990-1992) Spiral bound, 228 pp., very good condition, light stain on cover $75
I have more books, auction and exhibition catalogs available, but I wanted to start with the best.
Please note that prices do not include shipping or insurance. This way if you order more than one item, I can combine them for more economical shipping.
I look forward to hearing from you.