The Tsuba Collector

A private collection of antique Japanese Sword Guards

Books for Sale

A selection of books from my library are available for sale.  Please contact me for a shipping quote.  All books in very good or excellent condition, unless mentioned otherwise.

Encyclopaedia of Japanese Sword – Vol 1

143 pages.  Japanese
Covers the history, production and study of Japanese swords and fittings.

Price – US $25 excluding postage.

Encyclopaedia of Japanese Sword – Vol 2

159 pages.  Japanese
Covers the history, production and study of Japanese swords and fittings.

Price – US $25 excluding postage.

National Treasure

A fictional account of someone who finds the personal swords of Ashiya Hidetaka, a 14th century Japanese patriot.  Written be Dr Peter Bleed, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska.  Dr Bleed is a specialist in Japanese archaeology and has been collecting Japanese swords and fittings for many years.  He is also a past President of the Japanese Sword Society of the United States,  311 pages in English.

Price US $15 excluding postage.

 

Buddhist Symbols on the Japanese Sword
by Willis M. Hawley

14 pages in English

Price US $15 excluding postage

Gendai Nihonto no Seika (The Beauty of the Shinsakuto)
by Ohnishi Bijutsu Token and The 21st Century Committee of the Japanese Sword Culture

59 page of stunning shinsakuto swords and information and the craftsmen who made them.  Two pages devoted to each smith.  A stunning book.
Includes full English translation by Kenji Mishina (renowned Japanese Sword Polisher).  In addition to the book and the translation, I will also include a booklet entitled “The Challenge of Shinsakuto” from the To-Ken Society of Great Britain’s 1993 Token Taikai.  Highly recommended.

Price US $50 excluding postage.

Japanese Sword and Fittings in the Western Australian Museum
by George Trotter

Features 83 swords and 30 tsuba from the private collection of Major Simon Cool and Colonel G.F. Wieck.  131 pages in English.  Rare book.

Price US $50 excluding postage.

The Book of the Sword: 10 Monographs on Japanese Swords
Edited by Randolph B. Caldwell

10 stories from eminent academics, collectors and dealers.  Topics as follows: “The Japanese Sword in Prehistory” by Dr Peter Bleed, “Rice, Gold and the Sword” by Randolph Caldwell, “The Shape of Things” by Walter Compton, “Let the Buyer Beware” by Keith Evans, “The Shape of the Sword” by Dean Hartley Jnr, “An Outline History of Japanese Sword Guards” by Dr Junji Homma, “Random Thoughts” by John Yamato, “On Investing in Japanese Swords” by K.A. Frenzel, “The Seeds of the Bizen Tradition” by Tom Buttweillar.  159 pages in English.  Great information. A rare book and hard to fine.

Price: US $50 excluding postage

Comparative Study of Hamon
Translations of the Philadelphia Area Token Kai (Nihon Token Hozon Kai)

From the Nihon Jiten by Kazuo Tokuno
Translated and Prepared by Daniel M. Furuya
April, 1987
28 pages in English

Price US $25 excluding postage.

Togishi: A Brief Statement Regarding Traditional Polishing

Translation of the Philadelphia Area Token Kai (Nihon Token Hozon Kai)

Written by Shigekazu “Jimmy” Hayashi
Edited by Bruce W. Kowalski
April, 1989
5 pages in English

Price US $10 excluding postage.

The Carlo Monzino Collection of Japanese Sword Fittings and Swords

Sotheby’s (London)
18 June 1996

A stunning collection of Japanese sword fittings, armour and swords. 122 pages. Includes prices realised. Hardback book. Photos taken in the evening with overhead light, hence the poor quality and reflections. This book is in excellent condition.

Price US $50 excluding postage.

The Art of the Japanese Sword: The Craft of Sword Making and its Appreciation

By Leon and Hiroko Kapp and Yoshindo Yoshihara

A fantastic book which not only shows how Japanese swords are made, but also how they are polished and how the habaki and shirasaya are made. Excellent photography, which really brings the craft to life. Beautiful hardcover book. 255 pages in English.  A must for any collector. Photos taken in the evening with overhead light, hence the reflections. This book is in new condition, without any defects.

Price US $50 excluding postage.

Japanese Arms & Armour

by H. Russell Robinson
Arms and Armour Press, 1969

Hardcover book.  55 pages of text, followed by 112 pages of photos.  English language.

Price US $50 excluding postage.