Japan Society (1976)
Exhibition catalog of select, important pieces from the Compton collection.  In addition to the outstanding plates and oshigata, the supporting text gives an excellent overview that includes advanced level material for study. The range of important swords shown highlight the Compton collection while demonstrating a historical overview of Japanese art swords.  Describing the changing form of the Japanese sword through the koto, shinto, and shinshinto periods. A very rare and important text - it should the first book to be considered when exploring the Compton Collection. This is a first edition hard cover with Miyamoto Musashi print and slip case. 134 pages.
 
Editor: S.Izzard, 
Published: 1992
This is the well-known reference of important blades and kodogu from the Christie's auctions of Dr. Compton's collection. These one-hundred extraordinary examples are shown in color and b&w plates with super close up of hada and hamon. Descriptions in both English and Japanese.
321 pages, 10 x 14" hardcover with slipcase
 
Publisher: Hotei
Author: Inge Klompmakers
Repoducing in full colour the 74 known designs of Kuniyoshi's Heros of the Suikoden, each with explanatory text. This is the most thorough and user freindly reference available on Suikoden illistration. Kuniyoshi fans will find this work invaluable. 197 pages, soft cover.
 
Author: B. W.  Robinson
Repoducing 205 illustrations of Kuniyoshi's warrior prints this is a hard to get though invaluable reference book for the warrior print connoisseur. Listing over 350 triptychs and over 1500 single sheet scenes arranged by series, providing details of titles, subject, publisher, censor, and date, and where possible information on publications containing a reproduction of the print and collections containing it. 208 pages, hard cover.
  Author: David R Weinberg
Publisher: Hotei
A pioneering publication which deals with the most famous series - the Seishu gishi den (1847 -48, 51 prints) and it's sequel the Seishu gishin den (1848, 18 prints) - of the masterless samurai (ronin) by artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Text includes forward from B. W. Robinson and repoductions and translations of the text for the full series recounting each heroes exploits. 187 pages, soft cover.
 
Authors: James King and Yuriko Iwakiri
A massive publication detailing over 230 musha-e (warrior prints) from a variety of artists active between 1646 - 1905. The publication is divided into 2 parts; the first an introduction to the genre of musha-e, its evolution and influences. The second comprises a catalogue of over 230 full colour illustrations grouped into 16  subject categories.
 
Author: Joe Earle (2004)
The sword's metal fittings-from the hand guard to the small decorative plates on the hilt reflected the complexities of samurai life. Some fittings were meant to convey the honor and self-control expected of a samurai while on official duty, while other, more flamboyant ones reflected his leisure-time persona as "man about town". Later, when the wearing of the swords spread beyond the samurai class, both the decorative function of the fittings and the variety of their designs sharply increased, leading to some of the most sophisticated and accomplished metalwork ever created. With 149 high quality pictures this book is a "fitting feast" 256 pages, 8 x 9 hardcover.
 
SASANO Masayuki (1972) Sukashi Tsuba
A landmark text by a noted Japanese authority on tsuba.  Starting with 26 pages considering the historical development of tsuba and the major schools, Sasano presents a solid foundation for the selected examples that follow.  216 Examples are shown; one example per page supported by assessments which include the author's insight on aesthetic qualities. Care and preservation are also addressed.   Full size b&w photos; glossary. 284 pages, 7 x 10" hardcover 
 
Publisher: Christies
Published March 1992
Featuring the auctioned Japanese swords and fittings from the collection of Dr W A. Compton in 1992 NY.  3 parts. Part 1 includes realised prices. An invaluable reference set with over 900 detailed item descriptions and  pictures.
Catalogue 1:  435 pages, swords and sword fittings
Catalogue 11:  235 pages, swords and sword fittings
Catalogue 111:  122 pages, swords and sword fittings
 
Japanese swords in the British Museum. Author: Victor Harris
A great reference guide for the beginner by the retired keeper of Japanese antiques in the British Museum. 100 blades and koshirae pictured with detailed descriptions. History and attributes of nihonto.
 
Authors: Leon and Hiroko Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara.
A must have for the nihonto student, detailing the forging and polishing craft of the sword, plus the making of habaki and shirasaya.
An invaluable reference to understand the "how and why" of  hamon, hada, & activities.
 
Author: Fujishiro Matsuo
Date published: 1972 
Both volumes contain oshigata of the better known smiths on every page with ratings. Indispensable to the serious Japanese sword collector. 'Hawleys Japanese Sword-smiths' is indexed to this set. The Shinto vol. is out of print with no date for reprinting.
Japanese Text. Vol 1 - 619 pages, Vol2 - 492 pages.
   
 
Translator: Harry Afu Watson
First published in Japan in the mid-thirties, then re-edited and re-issued in the late sixties in the form of a ten volume set. This series has been translated to English and includes all of the pictures and captions from the Japanese version. The translated volumes are 8 x 11 inches, hardbound, included a glossary, and approximately 500 pages each. Set consists of 3 Koto, a Shinto, a Shinshinto, (not pictured) and a kodogu volume. This is a huge collection of information on the greatest smiths and artisans of their respective times. Definite must have.
 
Originally in Japanese called; To-Ken Kantei Dokuhon, by Nagayama Kokan. Translated by Kenji Mishina.
Following an in-depth consideration of the history of the sword in Japan, the five traditions of workmanship and some outstanding Edo period examples, Nagayama's guide to sword appreciation expands on criteria to judge sword quality, identify flaws, and ultimately make a correct attribution. English, 560 b&w illustrations. 256 pages, 71/2 x 101/8" hardcover
 
Authors: Leon & Hiroko Kapp, and Yoshindo Yoshihara
Published: (2002)
From the authors of Crafts of the Japanese Sword comes an authoritative volume on gendaito - modern Japanese swords.  Following an informative overview detailing the evolution of the sword of throughout the late 19th through 20th Century and its role in Japanese society this ambitious text makes its case for recognizing contemporary works as shin-gendaito. 223 pages, 7 x 10" hardcover
For information or questions mail to: rj_thomas3@bushidoboutique.net
Christies Auction catalogues

Christies Auction catalogues

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The Cutting Edge
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Nippon-to Art swords of japan
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100 Masterpieces form the collection of  Dr W. A. Compton
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The Craft of the Japanese Sword

The Craft of the Japanese Sword

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Of Brigands and Bravery

Of Brigands and Bravery

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Fujishiro
Fujishiro Nihon Toko Jiten
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Kuniyoshi the warrior prints

Kuniyoshi the warrior prints

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Ginza Joho

Ginza Joho

Publisher: Ginza Chosuya
A monthly magazine featuring some items for sale from the Japanese store Ginza choshuya.

Lots of cool stuff each month with great pictures. Text in Japanese.
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Kuniyoshi - The Faithful Samurai
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Nihonto

Nihonto

Koza

Koza

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Japanese Warrior Prints 1646 - 1905
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The Connoissuers
book of japanese swords
The connoissuers book of Japanese swords
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Modern Japanese swords and swordsmiths

Modern Japanese swords and swordsmiths

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Early Japanese sword guards
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