I was browsing some European sword sellers aside from my regular Japanese site check. Egbert Mezingas site https://www.japanswordart.com/ had a link to upcoming auction of Japanese items. Yes there are some swords & accessories but they didn't really interest me but there was a great collection of books up for sale.
For a moment I thought about trying to bid on lots but as I already have most of the interesting books in there and I've spent more than I should afford on books lately I should pass on this one as if won I'd end up just having multiple copies of very expensive books. But as I know many of these items well I thought I could give tips to members on these books.
https://zeeuwsveilin...nl/Home/Cataloghere is the link to the auction and swords start on page 5, item number 301. The book lots are on page 6, 341,342,343, unfortunately some translations for Japanese source books are in different lots than the original books and some sets are mixed. If someone would be able to land all of the lots that would make a great library.
Lot 341 -
Zusetsu Nihonto Yogo Jiten by Kotoken Kajihara (the english partial translation is in lot 343)
Meihin Katanaezu Shusei by Tanobe Michihiro (the huge book at the bottom limited edition of 600, amazing resource)
Nihonto Zuikan Koto volume (Shinto is in 343)
Yumei Koto Taikan by Iimura
Shinto Taikan by Iimura (2 volumes)
Shinshinto Taikan by Iimura
Lot 342 -
Afu Translated volumes of Nihonto Koza, 5 sword volumes
Lot 343 -
Kanzan Token Koza, 5 volumes set (missing the 6th one)
Showa Daimeito Zufu, (just got this recently and one of the absolute best books to have partial English translation is in the lot too)
Nihon Toko Jiten by Fujishiro (AFU translations are in lot 342)
Nihonto Zuikan Shinto volume (Koto is in 341)
Selected Fine Japanese Swords NBTHK Europe
Osafune Choshi Token Hen (This book of Osafune Smiths would be only one I would be after)
Of course there are also lots of books from Markus Sesko and few editions of Hawleys in the lots.
The price estimates on the books are funny, I think the auction staff didn't even bother to check out the actual value of these books. I think here is a good chance to get your hands on amazing reference material that usually takes years to collect. And of course if fellow NMB member wins the last lot, I might be tempeted to buy that Osafune book.