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Please take a moment to read BOOK CONDITION RATINGS which I have started using to better describe the condition of the books in my library.

 

LEGEND:    NA - Not Available,   $NFS - Not For Sale.


TSUBA Study Books

Listed by AUTHOR, then Alphabetically.
Also included is a group of woodblock printed books that give us some history of our studies but not the true information that we need to study sword fittings.

 

An Assessment of Japanese Sword-Fitting Literature

 

The catalogs/books (listed below) have become 'Collectors Items' due to the 'scholarship' shown by ROBERT E. HAYNES. (some are out of print)

 

GAI SO SHI    by Robert Haynes,   $150.00
Over the years, hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces have passed through Robert Haynes' hands, however for various reasons he has kept only 189 objects for his own personal collection. In his own words, these are not considered merely as "important" or as "masterpieces" but as 'study' pieces that have added to the knowledge of the author over his collecting years. Of course coming from such an esteemed expert on fittings, they are indeed important works, especially when put into context with an explanation, and catagorized chronologically. This is exactly what this book sets out to do.

 

ROBERT HAYNES AUCTION CATALOG's   by Robert Haynes, LTD.   
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Vols. 1 - 10 of the Robert Haynes auction catalogs. Softbound, 1 & 2 are 11" x 9" and the rest are 8" x 10", more than 2000 pages total.
What the Compton auction catalogs are for swords, Haynes' catalogs spanning 1981-84 are for the field of tosogu...arguably more so. Robert Haynes is one of the most knowledgeable kodogu people on earth and he used these catalogs as a teaching tool. There are thousands of fittings lots arranged by school, and swords, armor, and woodblock prints and assorted fine art, and these lots are given a much more thorough description than you usually find in auction catalogs. The art being auctioned runs the spectrum from entry level to the very best, including some important collections. All pieces are illustrated, the descriptions are thorough, and prices realized for 7 of the catalogs are included.
An added value to the series was the translation of Dr. Torigoye's 'Tsuba Geijutso-Ko' (1960), discussing in detail the work of various artists and schools of tsuba art. In the later issues at the back there are lessons on woodblock print appreciation.

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE OR IMAGE TO SEE COMPLETE LISTING OF HAYNES AUCTION CATALOGS AVAILABLE AND THE COST OF EACH.

 

THE INDEX OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS AND ASSOCIATED ARTISTS   by Robert Haynes,
   NEW 3 vol. Set of The Haynes Index   $160.00

With 12,560 entries, Haynes' compilation of documented tosogu artisans is the most comprehensive in any language. This index, the result of five decades of study, presents readily accessible information for each entry. Biographical information includes: name(s) alphabetized by its romanji transliteration accompanied by the kanji, kakihan if used, period and location active, account of associations family/school, and a listing of sources of authentic signatures for each entry. In addition, places of residence, vital statistics, notes of pertinent interest, reference to other publications, listing of source data, cross-referencing to alternate readings, etc. The physical configuration of this publication is impressive as much thought went into its layout with appreciation for the needs of the collector and student. The primary reference being Wakayama's Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei. The index is followed by a listing of kanji presented by stroke count, and a bibliography of western and Japanese texts cited. The three volume set is made a ready reference in its custom book stand. Index in new condition, Index with 2460 total pages in three volumes, each volume measures 5 3/4" X 11 1/2".

 

2001 to 2010-11 CORRIGENDA ET ADDENDA   by Robert Haynes (2011),
   NEW 1st Addendum Available   $35.00 each

"In the introduction to the Index of artist's names I wrote that the work was a current reference and that new information would be added. Well, after ten years, the 1st Addendum contains these additional names. Even now new material will be forthcoming from students and friends as I continue my effort at collecting all the material I can assemble. I hope that the addition of these 320+ artists names will add to the research of all.
As you will see in this addenda I have tried to expand various areas of information to better help the student in his research." (Robert Haynes 2011)

2011 to 2015 CORRIGENDA ET ADDENDA    by Robert Haynes (2016),
   NEW 2nd Addendum Available   $35.00 each

"First I must say that I have achieved the goal that I wanted to meet, and have mentioned so often, of reaching 13,000 names in total for my INDEX. Well, with this addenda I will have a total of 13,284 names. Thus we have added 723 names in the last 15 years.
It is now time for me to bow out of this field that I have spent the last 70 years of my life so very much involved in." (Robert Haynes 2016)

 

Robert E. Haynes 70th Anniversary Special:
THE INDEX OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS AND ASSOCIATED ARTISTS,
the 2001 to 2010-11 CORRIGENDA ET ADDENDA,
the 2011 to 2015 CORRIGENDA ET ADDENDA

purchase together for the cost of  $190.00 plus postage.

 

TSUBA, AN AESTHETIC STUDY - from the Tsuba Geijutsu-Ko of Kazutaro Torigoye
by Kazutaro Torigoye and Robert Haynes (2000)   SOLD

This is an English translation and expansion of Dr. Torigoye's Tsuba Geijutsu-Ko. It covers the history and characteristics of the major tsuba groups. There are not many illustrations, but the text is very valuable. Portions of this work first appeared in the Haynes Auction catalog series in the 1980's. It was then published in the NCJSC newsletter from 1994-1997 and then as a photocopied, bound edition in March 2000.
8 1/2" x 11" softcover.

 

100 SELECTED TSUBA From European Public Collections catalogue by Robert Haynes and Robert Burawoy. $110.00
Two noted authorities present an exhibition of tsuba assembled from important European collections. Includes high quality color and b&w photographs of iron and soft metal works. The forward addresses both the history of the collections and fittings scholarship. Text in English, French, and German. No.146 of 300 special, numbered editions to include the author's 7-page bibliography of nearly 400 tosogu titles.
64 pages, 8 1/2" x 12" hardcover.

 

THE SOUL OF THE SAMURAI: A collection of sword guards from the Vancouver Museum by Robert Haynes, et al. $110.00
This text includes 36 color and 117 b&w photographed examples. All tsuba shown actual size, while several include enlarged signature detail. All text in both French and English. 156 pages, 8 7/8" x 7 7/8" soft cover in 'As New' condition.

 

 


 

TEN Books listed below authored/collaborated by
SASANO   MASAYUKI

 

AKASAKA TSUBA by Masayuki Sasano. 1966?   VERY GOOD  $120.00
Origin of Akasaka tsuba, genealogy of Akasaka tsuba craftsman, style of Akasaka craftsman from generation to generation, various problems of Akasaka tsuba research, the appreciation by Akiyama Kyusaku, appreciation of Akasaka tsuba.
Published in 1966 ?, 44 pages, 26cm x 18.3cm x 0.5cm

 

BUSHIDO NO BI - Sukashi Tsuba by Sasano Masayuki & Fujimoto Shihara. VERY GOOD  $280.00   Nichibo Shuppansha, Tokyo(1972)
Sasano Masayuki is very well known tsuba collector. This huge book deals with his excellent collections and extensive knowledge, mostly of sukashi tsubako and their arts. This book covers all sukashi tsuba history with about 500 photos. In excellant condition, 426 pages, 19cm x 26.5cm hardcover and slipcase
 

 

EARLY JAPANESE SWORD GUARDS: Sukashi Tsuba by Sasano Masayuki, 1974 FINE  $260.00.
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 - an important consideration for understanding artistic works. Care and preservation are also addressed. Full size b&w photos; glossary. First edition with 284 pages, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" hardcover.

 

TOSOGU NO KIGEN by Sasano Masayuki, Nichibo Shuppansha, Tokyo(1979) FINE  $280.00
Extensive descriptions and details, a unique work by an equally unique and progressive scholar. Published in 1979, this text focuses on the changing form of Uchigatana Tsuba, Kozuka, and Kogai while demonstrating that the earliest forms can be traced back far earlier than previously held. White Cloth, Paper Labels Front Cover and Spine, Plastic slipcover and original cloth covered board case. Text in Japanese, Many illustrations of Tsuba, Swords, Kogai and Kozuka, all picture captions are translated into English. Limited to 2000 copies, of which this is # 1606. First edition with 257 pages, 10.5" x 7.5" hardcover with slipcase. Near Fine.

 

KAGAMISHI TSUBA by Sasano Masayuki, (private printing) Tokyo(1980) FINE  $120.00
One tsuba per page with facing Japanese caption. Inscription in kanji in front cover - Signed Sasano book, it is his name and signature. Separate 10 page translation of the introductory material and captions for each of the 22 tsuba. First edition with 48 pages, about 7" square, green hardcover.

 

TOSOGU NO KANSHO (Sasano Collection) by Sasano Masayuki, Shoyukai, Tokyo(1982) FINE  $200.00
The quality of the photos are outstanding. The book is printed on heavy glossy stock. Most major schools and artists are represented. Ko-Tosho, Ko-Katchushi, Kyo Sukashi, Ko Shoami, Kanayama, Owari, Yagyu, Akasaka, Higo, Kagami-shi, Nobuiye, Kaneiye, Umetada, Hirata, Jingo, Ko-kinko, Goto, Ko-Mino, Kaga-Goto, Yokoya, Nara, Tsuchiya, Omori, etc... Tsuba as well as kozuka, kogai, fuchi kashira and menuki are illustrated. The photos of iron tsuba are particularly exceptional because the aesthetic characteristics such as tekkotsu and surface texture can be clearly seen. The examples shown are all of the highest quality and strongly representative of each school. A valuable tool for Western students is the presence of English text directly below the Japanese text. Out of Print and very hard to find. First edition with 82 pages, 8 1/2" x 12" hardcover.

 

HIGO IROGANE TSUBA by Sono Heiji, (1984) $130.00
One tsuba per page with facing Japanese caption. First edition with 48 pages, about 7" square, red cloth hardcover.

 

TSUBA TO KOSHIRAE by Hiroi Yuichi, (1987) FINE  $110.00
One tsuba per page shown with facing Koshirae and Japanese caption. First edition with 44 pages, about 7" square, blue cloth hardcover.

 

SUKASHI TSUBA by Sasano Masayuki, (1993) FINE  $250.00
In Japanese Language only, this edition published prior to the release of its English version below. 297 outstanding examples of sukashi tsuba are presented here in the final volume to come from Masayuki Sasano. This volume is set up in gallery format - one tsuba per page plus commentary. A historical preface is supported by a unique demonstration in chart form which uses classic examples to assist the reader in placing tsuba to a given period. A very fine 'gift' volume with 341 pages, 8 1/2" x 12" hardcover w/ slipcase.

JAPANESE SWORDGUARDS: Masterpieces from the Sasano Collection by Sasano Masayuki, Kyuryudo Toyko(1993) NFS
Sasano's last book, like his important 1972 reference (above), this volume is set up in gallery format - one tsuba per page plus commentary. A historical preface is supported by a unique demonstration in chart form which uses classic examples to assist the reader in placing tsuba to a given period. 297 Outstanding examples of sukashi tsuba are presented here in the final volume to come from noted expert Masayuki Sasano. An essential text for students of iron sukashi tsuba. 334 pages, 8 1/2" x 12" hardcover.
  

 

TOSOGU YUHIN ZUFU by Shoyukai & Sasano Masayuki.
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Between 1985 and 1995 Sasano's study group, Shoyukai, produced eighteen issues, each presenting masterpieces of their subject. Issue 1 through 15 are loose sheets in a soft cover, the last 3 issues are softbound, all in Japanese. With great effort near complete sets of these limited issue publications have been assembled. Very rare.
  

 

Contributions of SASANO MASAYUKI,
an essay written by Michael Harris of Satcho


 

 


 

The Encyclopedias/Books below authored by
Dr. KAZUTARO   TORIGOYE

 

TOSO SORAN by Kazutaro Torigoye. VERY GOOD  $250.00 (1978)
Contains over 280 pages of photographed examples including: tsuba, kozuka, kogai, fuchi/kashira, menuki, and umabari. Notes regarding the artists and their relationships to the main teachers of each school are included as are many brief explanations of legends and the historical episodes depicted in the example pieces. A life's work and the final volume by noted tosogu scholar Dr. Torigoye. Text in both English and Japanese. Includes two pull-out charts. Numbered limited edition. 308 pages, hardcover with slipcase, 8 1/4" X 12" inches.

 

TSUBA GEIJUTSU-KO by Kazutaro Torigoye, VERY GOOD  NFS.
"In 'Tsuba Geijutsu Ko' I have tried to establish a proper historical treatise based on reliable information and scientific research. I felt this was the only choice having surveyed the past literature and chaotic history of the many tsuba makers whose genealogies extend through four hundred years under the social and cultural influences of the times. After years of sifting and re-examining the mass of information, I arrived at a proper historical basis that would answer many questions." (Dr. Kazutaro Torigoye)

The rare two book set which is translated into the very popular 'Tsuba, an Aesthetic Study' by Robert Haynes. This is a great addition to students of this book if for nothing other than seeing the tsuba images in finer detail. Book one is mostly pictures all in black and white. Book two is nearly all text with a few illustrations. These are rare and interesting books that will make a great addition to any library. Both hardbound with slipcase, text in Japanese.
NOTE: The 2nd right image below shows the presentation and signature with Kao of Dr. Torigoye of this 2 volume set given to Robert E. Haynes in 1969. In May, 2015 Robert E. Haynes presented this same 2 volume set to Elliott D. Long.

   

 

TSUBA KANSHOKI     by Kazutaro Torigoye, 1965
VERY GOOD  $500.00
First Edition #451 of 500

This is the original edition of Dr. Torigoye's 1975 publication of the same title (shown below). This book covers all schools and periods with excellent examples, some which are not included in the 1975 edition. It is the authors intent to demonstrate the "intrinsic value(s) of (the) Japanese sword guard". First proposing the fundamental importance of the iron plate, this text focuses on the masterworks of tsubako while a limited number of kinko examples are included. 362 pages 21.4cm x 31cm Hardcover with slipcase. Japanese language.

 

TSUBA KANSHOKI     by Kazutaro Torigoye, 1975
FINE  $500.00

This is the revised, expanded edition of Dr. Torigoye's 1965 publication of the same title (shown above). With its forward and captions in both Japanese and English, it is the authors intent to demonstrate the "intrinsic value(s) of (the) Japanese sword guard". First proposing the fundamental importance of the iron plate, this text focuses on the masterworks of tsubako while a limited number of kinko examples are included. Tsuba are arranged by school and shown using detailed photography and printed on gloss-stock for optimal results. Limited edition of 1000 copies. 398 pages 8 1/2" x 12" Hardcover with slipcase. Japanese and English language.

 


 

The Encyclopedias/Books below authored by
TAKESHI   WAKAYAMA
All are Out Of Print and very rare.

 

KINKO JITEN by Takeshi Wakayama (1970), FINE  SOLD
The most comprehensive book on Kinko artists for samurai sword fittings (tosogu: tsuba, menuki, kozuka, kogai, fuchi, kashira, etc.). Probably the most used Japanese list of fittings maker's names and data. A major reference for the samurai and fitting collector. 1st edition, Japanese Language, B/W illustrations, some wear to slipcase.
661 pages, 6" X 8 1/2", softcover w/ jacket/brodart dustcover and slipcase.

 

TOSO KINKO JITEN by Takeshi Wakayama. SOLD (1984)
This dictionary is a must have book for tsuba and kodogu collectors. Also frequently cited in the Haynes Index (see above). Contains more than 10,000 sword fitting artists with their style, characteristics, etc. Compared to Kinko Jiten published in 1960, this book added more than 2000 artists and much more information. More than 800 pages, hardcover, 17cm X 22.5cm.
 

 

TOSO KODOGU KOZA by Takeshi Wakayama. 1972
VERY GOOD  $1000.00

This eight volume encyclopedia style of books was written by Wakayama to illustrate both tsuba and kodogu of every period, by every group. Items are represented in quality black/white photos, with close-ups of some key signatures as well as diagrams. Included in the set is a book that focuses on terminology, techniques and tools of the tsubako. Many tsuba not represented in any other publications are shown. This is Wakayama's best known work on tosogu. 12 1/2" X 8 1/2" hardcovers with slipcases.
  

 

TOSO KODOGU MEIJI TAIKEI     by Takeshi Wakayama, 1978
FINE  $800.00

Complete 3 volumes of Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei, the must-have books for Kodogu collectors.
Vol. 1 (352pgs) is for Edo Kinko, Vol. 2 (372pgs) is for Kyoto Kinko/Goto Family/Ichiyo, Naokatsu Line, and Vol. 3 (344pgs) is for Shyokoku Kinko. Detailed oversized photography of fittings inscriptions. This is the most extensive collection of tosogu artist signatures, and the primary reference cited by The Index of Japanese Sword Fitting and Associated Artists (Haynes, 2001). In 'like new' condition, three volume set, 1087 pages total. 19.5cm X 27.5cm. Luxurious hardcovers with slipcases. Japanese language.

 

TOSO KODOGU MEIHIN SHU     by Takeshi Wakayama, 1972
FINE  $250.00

The first 296 pages of this book are plates, mostly black & white but with a few in color, of truely fine kodogu. Many close-up photos, and photos of signatures included. The remainder of the book is given to text. Clothbound with slipcase, 7 1/4" x 10 1/4", in 'like new' condition, 497 pages total. Japanese language.

 

TSUBA KANSHO JITEN     by Wakayama & Sato, 1977 $300.00
Hundred's of iron tsuba in another great book. All tsuba shown in crisp black & white photos. Wakayama included a list of known authors and their books in the back of volume two. Two volumes, clothbound with plastic jackets. 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", 627 pages in Japanese. In almost FINE condition.

 

TSUBA KODOGU KANTEI NYUKAN  (Appraisal of Tsuba and Sword Fittings)     by Iida and Takeshi Wakayama, SOLD
This out of print book is worth having because it breaks down tsuba into groups and smiths and gives several examples of each. It has a nice variety of pieces that are not overly published in other Tosogu books. This book is a must for any library. Contents: 1)The Goto School; 2)Tsuba Artisans; 3)Edo Kinko; 4)Kyoto Kinko; 5)Regional Kinko. In Japanese, the black and white photos and range of tsuba are very informative. 22cm X 15cm, 271 pages on high quality paper, original dust jacket and plastic cover. Excellent condition. Japanese language.

 


 

The Encyclopedias/Books below authored by
HENRI L. JOLY
All are Out Of Print and very rare.

JAPANESE ART & HANDICRAFTS ("RED CROSS" catalogue) by Henri L. Joly and Kumasaku Tomita. VERY GOOD  $300.00 (r.1976)
Affectionately known by everyone connected with Japanese art as the "RED CROSS" Catalogue, this was an astonishing book to appear originally in 1915. The exhibition that gave rise to it was both imaginative and purposeful, and deserved a catalogue that was more than a simple list of exhibits. It follows that the illustrations and entries to the various sections of the catalogue vary in interest and importance today. The prints include some specimens that are acknowledged masterpieces; several of the netsuke and inro have changed hands in the auction rooms at prices their original owners' would have derided as unbelievable: but above all, the "RED CROSS" is outstanding for its presentation of a selection of magnificent sword-furniture, especially tsuba and fushi-kashira, which makes the volume indispensable to any serious collector in that field. Joly, in his preface to Part II of the catalogue, which is wholly devoted to Metalwork, brought, almost for the first time in our literature, some kind of scientific order to the classification of tsuba and other sword-furniture, and perfected a model and a vocabulary for cataloguing that has been widely adopted by most of his successors. 215 pages, 10 1/4" x 12 1/2" hardcover w/dustjacket and slipcase.

 

THE W. L. BEHRENS COLLECTION: Part III. Sword-Fittings Tsuba Metal by Henri L. Joly 1966.
FINE  $120.00

A facsimile reprint of the original edition published in 1912-1913 at London in a limited edition of one hundred sets. Contents comprise 252 metal ornaments, 124 sets menuki, 489 kozuka, 97 fuchi/kashira, 1864 tsuba, 110 swords, 40 items of bokuto and various military objects. With an index to signatures. Paragon Book Reprint Corp., New York, 1966. 12 1/4" x 10". 125 pages of text plus 83 plates. Red cloth with black title and black cloth spine with gold title.

 

J. C. HAWKSHAW COLLECTION by Henri L. Joly 1910.
VERY GOOD  $1000.00

Limited to 300 numbered copies of which this is no.54. Illustrated with 50 collotype plates from Joly's photographs. Each plate shows multiple sword-mounts that are numbered on a tissue overlay; the numbers can be used to identify the pictured sword-mounts with descriptions in the catalogue. Many of the mounts have the name of the maker written below them in pencil. Some tissue overlays are creased or split, and a few are chipped. Quarto. xxvi, 300 pp., + [1] ff. 'Errata on Plates' laid-in at the front and [8] pp. Addenda laid-in at the end. 32 x 26 cm (12 1/2 by 10 inches). Light brown cloth binding with the title printed in red on upper board and a red- and-black printed paper label on spine. This a handsomely produced and complete volume that is being offered as is because the binding has failed: Several of the plates and text leaves are sprung from the bookblock.

 

JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS NAUNTON COLLECTION by Henri L. Joly 1983.
GOOD  $200.00

This book contains the famous G.H. Naunton collection of sword fittings and is also listed as a reference in the Haynes Index. The immense collection of 1450 pieces are presented by H.L. Joly. Tsuba and all forms of kodogu are shown in b&w plates with detailed documentation. Historical notes of schools and methods are also given. 317 pages, hardcover, 10 1/4" X 12 1/2" X 2 1/2" inch.

 

SHOSANKENSHU Henri Joly's List of Names and Kakihan by Henri Joly, (1985) NFS - In Use
The reprint of Joly's 1919 handwritten/drawn reference to fittings makers' names and personal seals. Over 2950 listings are recorded. Listings are alphabetized by romanized spelling, each includes: kanji, and in most cases kakihan and notations regarding location or school. The previous text to which Joly credits as the basis for supplementation was by Shinkichi Hara and contained only 600 entries minus kakihan. This is a definitive and invaluable reference tool by a noted authority. 444 pages, 9 1/4" x 11 1/2" hardcover with dust jacket.

 

LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART by Henry L. Joly (1967),   VERY GOOD  $340.00
Originally published in 1908, this well researched volume describes "the historical episodes, legendary characters, folk lore, myths, and religious symbolism illustrated in the arts of old Japan." Both an encyclopedia and a detailed iconography, this book belongs on the shelf of every serious collector and student of thins Japanese. This is the classic reference used to identify pictorial elements and themes in Japanese art. 623 pages, 8 3/4" X 11 1/2" hardcover w/ dustjacket and slipcase.

 


 

The Encyclopedias/Books below authored by
KENICHI   KOKUBO
All are Out Of Print and very rare.

 

SUKASHI TSUBA by Kokubo Kenichi, (1968) VERY GOOD  $80.00
Japanese-language text on tsuba with photographs of 200 sukashi examples produced during the Muromachi through Edo periods; each accompanied with description and commentary in Japanese. Included separately is an English-language index of artists making this text accessible to non-Japanese readers. First edition with 257 pages, 6" x 8 1/2" hardcover with dust jacket.

 

KINKO MEIKAN by Kokubo Kenichi and Senichiro Masumoto, (1974) VERY GOOD  $400.00 for the set
What Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten is for swords, the Kinko Meikan is for fittings. With 630 pages of photographic plates arranged four to a page and magnified 1.5 times for detail, each artists is noted by province, period active, and rating; many with additional commentary. Clearly an important tool of study, and with its English translation an accessible tool of obvious value to serious collectors. Clothbound with slipcase, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2", 676 pages in Japanese.
With full English translation by John Yumoto and Alan Harvie 1982. Spiral bound with clear plastic cover, 8 1/2" x 11", 197 pages.

 

ZABO TANSEN by Kenichi Kokubo & Kenzo Ootsubo VERY GOOD  $400.00
This book is printed as one of a 1200 limited edition in 1974. Known as the masterpiece of Kokubo Sensei. Total 576 tsuba are illustrated well. This is the only book focused on Edo tsubas (mainly Goto and Edo Kinko tsubas). It can be used as a good meikan and very good to distinguish genuine tsubas from gimei. Book is in 'very good' condition with original case. Total 555 pages and thickness is more than 2". Size is 8.5" x 12".

 

 


 

Three Book Set by GARY   MURTHA
Only Sold As A Set For $250.00, BEST PRICE.

The SAMURAI SWORD An American Perspective by Gary Murtha, (1980) $150.00
Murtha's hard-to-find, and much sought after, first book combines a wide range of material on the Japanese sword. Chapters on history, nomenclature, care, and handling are presented along with informative charts, illustrations, and numerous plates in color and b&w. Limited printing of only 2000 copies. First edition with 126 pages, 8 3/4 x 11 1/4" hardcover.

 

JAPANESE SWORDGUARD ARTISTS by Gary Murtha, (1982) $60.00
A hard-to-find, compilation of tsuba artists, schools, and limited number of plates with descriptions. Murtha compiled a very useful quick reference source that is sought after by all collectors. Also he references books and clubs of interest. Limited signed edition with 80 pages, 8 1/2 x 11" softcover.

 

The SAMURAI SWORD An American Perspective Vol.2 Sword Fittings by Gary Murtha, (1984) $140.00
An informative compilation of biographical material on tsuba schools and artists. Central to this reference is a 97-page listing of tsuba-ko and kao - personal seals. This text is alphabetized for the romanized spelling of artists names. Kanji are listed as are the periods active and genealogy. There is no reference to relative value. Many examples in both b&w and color plates. A very useful text for research. 156 pages, 8 3/4 x 11 1/4" hardcover.

 


 

AUCTION CATALOGS

 

BONHAMS
Most contain all forms of Japanese art including swords and tsuba. See available copies HERE

 

CHRISTIE'S
Excellant photographs with descriptions. Prices realized sheets for most. See available copies HERE

 

SOTHEBY'S
Various auctions available including 'Alan L. Harvie' collection, and 'Monzino' collection. See all HERE

 


 

 

AFU Quarterly, 1st Edition (1995), Summer (1996), and Fall (1997) by Harry AFU Watson. $130.00 for set
Each magazine has informative articles about swords and tsuba. Very educational for new and old collectors of kodogu and tosogu. A must have for any library.
1st edition - 64 pages, Summer edition - 128 pages, Fall edition - 192 pages. Approx. size for each 8 1/4" x 11" inches.

 

AKASAKA TSUBA (1990), by Sano Museum.$200.00
152 pages in Japanese. 140 tsuba and tsuba in mounts are shown in black & white photos (tsubas are life size). In the back of the book are extreme close-ups of signatures.
Softbound, 7 1/2" x 10" inches, 152 pages, in 'like new' condition.

 

THE ART APPRECIATION OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS (KANSHO GADAI JITEN) by Shigeo Fukushi. 2012 VERY FINE  $200.00
Beautiful book in very fine condition with color and black & white photos and extensive descriptions of hundreds of fine fittings. The pieces are arranged by subject matter, and at the back of the book you'll find an index in English to make this easy to navigate.
Softbound with dust jacket. 418 pages in Japanese with a detailed description of each piece in English. 7 1/2" X 10 1/4", in VERY FINE condition.

 

BUSHI NO ISSHO: SUKASHI TSUBA by The Sano Museum 1999. VERY FINE  $200.00
Though in Japanese, there is a list of plates in English.
Softbound, 8 3/4" x 11 3/4", 139 pages in Japanese.

 

TSUBA KO: BUSHU ITO HA
by Akimoto.   (1999) Fine  SOLD.

Hundreds of crisp black & white photos, with many signature close-ups, of tsuba by artists of the Bushu school.
Hardbound, 8 1/2" x 12", 103 pages in Japanese.

 

CATALOGUE OF TSUBA IN THE COLLECTION OF THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM ART GALLERY
by R.Hancock (1930).    $20.00

The exhibit catalog of an important, early exhibition of Japanese sword guards in England. History and chronology are addressed in both outline form and throughout the catalog. Following the exhibition listing is a unique bibliography of early articles and texts, then shown are thirty-two prime examples in b&w plates; index, and glossary. 200 pages, 4¾ x 7¼" soft cover.

 

MASTERPIECES FROM THE RANDOLPH B. CALDWELL COLLECTION - Japanese Sword Fittings by Patrick Syz, 1994.   FINE   $200.00
Presented as the culmination of 30+ years of study and collecting Japanese sword fittings, the name Caldwell is well known and his collection bares testament to his accomplishment. With 142 examples, each presented in full-color plates, it includes masterworks of sukashi and soft-metal tsuba, exceptional fuchi-kashira, and 19 pages of Goto works. Where applicable, detail photographs of inscriptions are also shown. Each example is fully documented; also included are a glossary and lengthy bibliography. 200 pp. 8" X 12" hardcover.
 

 

CHOSHU NO TSUBA by Murakami Takasuke 1973. VERY FINE  NFS
Only one tsuba book specialized in Choshu tsuba. The author, Dr.Murakami was an expert in Choshu tsuba. This book contains 55 Choshu tsuba, Choshu Tanko (tsuba maker) list, and family lines. Limited print from Toensha and was not sold in bookstores. Clothbound with plastic jacket and slipcase, 7 1/4" x 10 1/2", 96 pages in Japanese.

 

COMPTON AUCTION CATALOGS
JAPANESE SWORDS and SWORD FITTINGS from the COLLECTION of Dr. Walter A. Compton, Parts I, II, & III, by Christie’s.
All VERY FINE  #1 $300, #2 $200, #3 $150 or ALL 3 for $600

Softbound with dust jackets and prices realized, 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”, 440, 245, & 130 pages in English, 971 lots. Dr. Compton had the most impressive collection of Nihonto in private hands outside of Japan, and there can’t be more than a few in Japan to rival it. In 1992 Christie’s Auction House in New York sold the collection in 3 sales; these are the sale catalogs. Many of the swords and mountings had Juyo and Tokubetsu Juyo papers from the NBTHK; the quality and importance of the items was impressive. Swords are shown in black & white; kodogu in catalog 1 are shown in color and mostly black & white in catalogs 2 & 3. Almost every item is thoroughly described and well illustrated. Each catalog has an index, glossary, and bibliography. All 3 books are in excellent condition.
  

 

DIE MEISTER DER JAPANISCHEN SCHWERTZIERATEN
by Shinkichi Hara   VERY GOOD  $525.00

Two volumes, 1931 and 1932. These two volumes present a fine collection of kodogu. The 1931 volume (316 pages)is 26 pages of introduction, and short biographies of artists. The 1932 volume (83 pages) is black & white photos of selected pieces.
Both softbound, 7 1/4" x 10 1/2", written in German.

  

 

ECHIZEN KINAI TSUBA by Tsuruwaka, Nobuo and Tsuruwaka, Nobuhide, Tokyo 1998
VERY FINE  SOLD

A comprehensive examination of Kinai tsuba of Echizen province illustrated with numerous fine examples. Closeups of signatures is a great study aid. Book size is 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 198 pages, 6 color plates, over 100 b/w illustrations, clothcover with dust jacket. Japanese language.

 

EDO GENSO KISHO   FINE  SOLD
Edo period sword metal craft (Tsuba, Menuki, Fuchi Kashira, and Kogai). This book is a collection of artistically stunning sword fittings. Although most types of fittings are represented, the vast majority of the content are Tsuba. The grand thematic elements of these fittings, coupled with their visually resplendent execution make them truly stand out as amazing examples of their crafts. Incredibly, the artisans were able to create visual realms within the constricted spaces in which they worked.
Text is Japanese, size is 15cm x 21cm, 224 pages, B&W and color plates, softbound with dust jacket.

 

FURUKAWA'S COLLECTION   GOOD  NFS
The finest collection catalog published to date. Printed in Japan in 1913 in various languages in a restricted edition of only one hundred copies each. This was intended as a gift to prominent diplomatic and influential people of the day. Superbly printed with collotype plates, the contents comprise selections from one of the finest private collections extant.

 

THE GODA COLLECTION OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS   by R.H. Rucker (1924)    VERY GOOD  $150.00
This very early catalog produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the sword fittings collection of Masauji Goda. The preface describes the collection as an "effort to illustrate worthily the great art of Japan". 68 pages of text followed by a 93 page catalog of well described fittings with black & white plates. Printing was limited to 500 editions. The book is bound in tan wraps with gilt impressed title on the cover. Wraps have folds similar to a DJ. This very rare book is in very good condition for a soft cover from that period. A ready reference for advanced collectors.
161 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 3/4" soft cover.

 

THE HENRY D. ROSIN COLLECTION OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS by Patrick Syz 1993, VERY FINE  $130.00
Undated. Clothbound with dust jacket, 135 pages in English. The Rosin collection is unusual in that is among a very few great collections of great kodogu collected by a westerner after WWII. It is also unusual for it's focus: only the very best. Beautiful book with a few hundred exceptional pieces by the greatest artists: Goto, Yasuchika, Jingo, Somin, Matashichi, and others. Both iron and kinko; very early and late. Condition is like new.
Book size is 8.5 x 12 inches. hardcover with dust jacket.

 

HIGO KINKO TAIKAN by Sato, Homma, and Kashima 1964, VERY GOOD  $600.00
Text in Japanese and each of 483 illustrated items are described in English also. The book is inscribed at the back with ........ Predominately black & white photos (a few in color) of wonderful examples of the work of the Higo masters in both iron and kinko: tsuba, fuchikashira, koshirae, matchlocks, and more. This is an exceptional, comprehensive, and difficult to find reference.
Book size is 8.5 x 12 inches. 650 pages, hardbound with plastic jacket and slipcase.

 

THE SWORD MOUNTINGS OF HIGO PROVINCE  by Gustav Jacoby. Undated. $75.00
Adapted from the HIGO KINKOROKU of S. Nagaya. This is a needed introduction to the very important masters of the Higo Province. 67 illustrations, history, lineage, technique, and more.
Softbound, 7 1/4" x 9 1/2", 62 pages in English.

 

Three Volumes of The Works Of The HIGO MASTERS Kanshiro Nishigaki, Hirata, Shimizu, Hayashi, and Kamiyoshi
by Ito Mitsuru $1800.00/set

All items in each of the three books are shown in Staccato print color photographs. All items are shown both sides and are listed and briefly described in both Japanese and English. Each of the books comes with a separately bound full translation by Markus Sesko.
    

 

HYAKU-TAN (100 Tsuba) Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, by Shibata Mitsuo
VERY FINE  $250.00 / Both Vols.

The term "hyaku (100)" in this title means "various types," and not the quantity. The volumes show far more than 100 tsuba. In 1921 an exhibition titled "The gathering of one thousand tsuba" was held by a group of kodogu fanciers where several thousand tsuba were brought in by collectors nationwide. Kawaguchi Noboru photographed outstanding pieces and published them in "Tsuba Taikan." Fifty years later, Shibata organized a similar affair titled "The gathering of 100 tsuba," and many hundreds of tsuba in the hands of private collectors were exhibited. The books "Hyakutan" volumes 1 and 2 showcase fine pieces from the exhibition.
Japanese books: each is hardcover with dustjacket, 7.5" X 10.5". Vol. 1: 150 pages 1973, Vol. 2: 187 pages 1974.

 

 

IWAKUNI BIJUTSUKAN + KASHIWABARA COLLECTION     SOLD.
Beautiful book: heavy stock glossy paper, excellent photography, strong binding, thorough text in both English and Japanese. First class kodogu.
Clothbound with slipcase, 8 1/2 x 12 inches, 160 pages, in NEW condition.

 

THE JAPANESE SWORD and ITS DECORATION, by Helen C. Gunsaulus (1924) $25.00.
These are one of a series of large leaflets that were prepared by Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History to give an account of individual exhibits. This important collection is often referenced by contemporary texts. Includes an overview of the importance of the sword in Japanese culture and the fittings and schools associated to it. Four B&W plates, each with two or more examples. First printing. Both in excellant condition, 25 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 3/4" softcover w/Brodart jackets

 

JAPANESE SWORD-MOUNTS In The Collections Of Field Museum, by Helen C. Gunsaulus (1923)
VERY GOOD   $300.00.

This is the very early catalog of the Field Museum of Natural History's collections of sword fittings. The collection's nucleus was formed by Edward Greey in the late 19th Century and represents the culmination of two lifetime's study. While staying in Japan Greey received top level assistance in assembling his collection by appointment of the Emperor. Extensive documentation of both artists and schools precedes 61 b&w plates. Each plate has three or more examples. A truly important and early reference of an outstanding collection. 256 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", Publication 216, Anthropological Series Volume XVI.

 

JAPANESE SWORD GUARDS by John D. Hamilton (1975), 2 copies available GOOD  $40.00 each.
A catalog detailing the tsuba collection of the Peabody Museum (MA). Presents an excellent range of both soft metal and iron examples in 43 full-page plates. Includes six plates in color. Most plates contain four or more pieces. Supporting text details each piece with commentary on design, school attribution, and period made. .
106 pages, 8 1/2" X 11 1/4", softcover w/ brodart dustcover.

 

JAPANESE SWORD GUARDS Some Tsuba In The Collection of Sir Arthur H. Church (1914)
by Shibata and Kamemaru
, GOOD  $280.00

In the prefatory note of this book, Arthur Church says,"The collotype plates in this volume represent 272 specimens of Tsuba, that is, Japanese Guards, selected from the gathering of nearly five times that number which I have made since the year 1873. Floral forms and conventional ornament have particularly attracted me, so also, in a less degree, have peculiarities of technique, and even eccentricities in design." Sir Arthur Church's privately published work was developed with the assistance of Henri Joly. The 272 examples shown are categorized into forty sections and represent top level works of their respective schools. This book contains a lot of fabulous design collected by Koto Yamaoka. Out of print, very rare, stamped gilt lettering on spine, gilt outline of tsuba on front cover, slightly bumped corners, discoloration to spine due to shelf life. This edition has the added benefit of both the original English content together with Japanese translation. Title also shown as Nihon Tsuba no Bi on spine and slipcase.
Hardcover Size approx 26.5cmx33cm Deluxe edition w/ slipcase Approx. 170pages. If you are interested in Japanese Guards,this book would be a great collection for you.

 

JAPANESE SWORDS & SWORD FURNITURE in the MUSEUM of FINE ARTS BOSTON ,
by Morihiro Ogawa  FINE  $500.00

The landmark volume presenting the Boston Museum's important collection, the nucleus of which was bequeathed by Dr. William Bigelow who assembled his collection with the assistance of noted scholars while residing in Japan at the turn of the Century. This large volume includes extraordinary photography and oshigata of the masterworks; the format and production quality made possible by substantial grants at the time of its single printing in Japan. The level of detail in both the images and accompanying English-language descriptions rivals the best of any high-end reference. A separate 38 page illustrated glossary is also included.
423 pages, 10¼ x 14½" hardcover w/ dustjacket.


 

 

JAPANISCHE KUNSTWERKE
WAFFEN / SCHWERTZIERATEN / LACKE / GEWEBE / BILDER / HOLZSCHITTE
DER SAMMLUNG MOSLE
FINE to GOOD  $NFS

Go to Alexander Mosle Collection (HERE) to see all books available.

 

JAPANISCHE SCHWERTZIERATEN   SAMMLUNG G. OEDER
VERY GOOD  $200.00

2011 facimile of a 1916 original.   Of the great European collections of kodogu built in the late 19th century, Mosle and Oeder stand out.  Must be they had good judgement and expert help; the pieces in each collection were wonderful.  This is the catalog of the Oeder collection, the first time for me to have the book which is, apparently, quite difficult to come by.  1,798 pieces: tsuba, menuki, kotsuka, and fuchi kashira are described and many are illustrated. Clothbound, 9 x 12", 218 pages in German. This book is in excellent condition.

 

KANEIYE TSUBA by Ikeda, S. Tokyo,(1980), VERY FINE  SOLD
This is a very fine book on the master Kaneiye, showing tsuba and a few kosuka/menuki in black & white, with many extreme close up shots. Fully illustrated with many close ups, a detailed examination of Kaneiye tsuba. Text in Japanese, limited edition of 1000 copies, blue texture cloth hardcover with slipcase, Like New condition, 10.25" x 14.5", 106 pp.

 

YAMASHIRO KUNI FUSHIMA JU KANEIYE TSUBA   by Suematsu Ikeda, (1995),  FINE  $250.00
Preface, enlarged images, illustrations of the subjects used from Sesshu and Shubun, landscapes, designs of temples, mountains, water plants, and birds, etc. Post script. Limited 500 copies.
37.5cm x 27cm x 1.3cm, 47 pp., excellent condition.

 

TSUBA SEI KANEIYE by Yoneno, VERY FINE  $220.00
. A must-have comprehensive study of Kaneiye tsuba. Excellent illustrations captioned in Japanese and English. 92 wonderful tsuba by the masters of the Kaneiye School (2 generations) are shown both sides with crisp black & white photos. Extensive signature examples. In 'Very Fine' condition with green texture cloth hardcover and slipcase.
8.5" X 12", 212 pages.

 

KANEIYE NOBUIYE TEN, (undated),  FINE  POA
Images include eight by Kaneiye and thirteen by Nobuiye, text in Japanese. All tsuba are shown about 1 1/2 times actual size in crisp color photographs. These are the best images of these two masters pieces of any book to date.
11 3/4" x 8 1/4" plates, 21 total, excellent condition.

 

KODOGU by Guenther Heckmann 1996  FINE  $130.00
First Class menuki, kogai, kozuka and fuchi/kashira are shown in quality color photos and described well in Japanese, German and English. At the rear of the book are close up photos of the signatures and back sides of the menuki, a glossary, and indexes by artist, school, and motif. A wonderful and sought reference for First Class fittings. 12" x 12", 264 pages, clothbound with dust jacket and slipcase.

 

KOKUSAI TOSOGU KAI 2005 thru 2016 International Convention Catalog's , Not For Sale
This is a complete set of catalogs from the Kokusai Tosogu Kai, an international group dedicated to the study and appreciation of tosogu, or Japanese sword fittings. Held in many different locations, the exhibition features items from Canadian, US, and Japanese collections. All items are professionally photographed for each catalog, and reproduced to the highest standards. The catalogs also feature many articles, such an article by Robert Haynes, "My First Sixty Years as a Student of Kodogu," complemented by photos from his personal archives documenting his years of study. Another article included is an insightful colloquy between the president of the Sano Museum in Mishima and the director of the NBTHK on "Sukashi Tsuba, Their Use and Aesthetic Beauty." All catalogs are First Editions, limited to 400 copies each.

 

KO-JI HO-TEN   by V.F. Weber (1965),  FINE  $1000.00
Covering all forms of Japanese art, along with artists, mythological and historical figures, a dictionary of terms, signatures and more, this is an indespensable reference work on the art of Japan. 11.7" x 15.4", Hacker reprint of 1923 edition, 2 vols., 511; 509 pp., 75 b/w plates, 1,100 figures, text in French, hardcover, New York, 1965. Included is English translation of Nihonto related topics in 3-ring binder.

 

KUROGANE NO HANA: HIGO TSUBA SHU    by Miki   1999    SOLD
206 examples of Higo tsuba, Hayashi, Kamiyoshi, Nishigaki, Shimnizu and Tsuboi schools. Illustrated in black & white photos and with descriptions: a very fine book. Hardbound with slipcase, 8 1/2 x 12 inches, 176 pages in Japanese. In 'like new' condition.

 

KUROKAWA INSTITUTE of ANCIENT CULTURES Collection Catalog B1- Japanese Swords
(Hikokan Seisho Kurokawa Kobunka Kenkyujo Zohin Zuroku) 1993.
AS NEW  $400.00

111 great Japanese swords are shown in large, crisp black & white photos. Many of the swords have been designated treasures by the Government of Japan. Many very important names. This is a beautiful book in NEW condition. 10 1/2" x 14 1/2", 281 pages in Japanese with an introduction and list of plates in English. Silkbound with dust jacket and slipcase.

 

KUROKAWA INSTITUTE of ANCIENT CULTURES Collection Catalog B2- Japanese Sword Guards
(Hikokan Seisho: Kurokawa Kobunka Kenkyujo Zohin Zuroku) 1997.
VERY FINE  SOLD
.
Silk bound with dust jacket, slipcase, and storage box, 10 ½ x 14 ½”, 251 pages in Japanese with an introduction and list of plates in English. Book exhibits excellent collection of 316 tsubas (33 in color and 293 in B/W) in luxurious quality and huge size (10.4" X 11.6"). Especially, 116 Higo tsuba is well focused. The selection is heavily weighted to work of Higo, and at the back there are 5 pages of a Higo design book from the 19th century.
Book covers from the Muromachi to the late Edo period and the characteristics of each tsuba tradition and schools are well explained. English caption and explanations for each piece.

 

KYO-GOTO no KENKYU (STUDIES IN KYO GOTO) by Koju Kasahara and Shigeo Akimoto. (1988)
  VERY FINE  SOLD

A unique text presenting a written survey in both English and Japanese of the waki-Goto schools, the fifteen branch families of the mainline Goto masters. There is an 18pg. history of the families in English with bio-graphical details of the artists. The illustrations show 194 kozuka & kogai, 36 tsuba, 32 fuchi-kashira and 17 sets of menuki. Each piece is shown full size with enlarged, detail photographs of inscriptions. This English translation also extends to the captions and descriptions accompanying each plate.
334 Pages, 7¼ x 10½" hardcover with slipcase.

 

LES GARDES DE SABRE JAPONAISES by Francois Poncetton 1924.
NEAR GOOD  $490.00.

Large portfolio (12" x 16 1/2") in tied printed hardcovers. Containing a 28pp descriptive text in French language, and 50 lose plates of 182 photoengraved tsuba. A very useful catalog of this important collection of classic tsuba. The spine and ribbon ties of the portfolio are missing or torn but the contents are very good and complete.
 

 


JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS & METALWORK IN THE LUNDGREN COLLECTION  1992    VERY FINE  $200.00.

Hardbound with dust jacket, 159 pages in Japanese and an introduction in English. This is a very nicely done book with crisp color and black & white photos of an important collection of fittings and other metal work. Other metal work includes finely crafted articulated animals and insects. Also included is a softbound, 60 page translation to English, which lists all the plates and has a discussion among the authors.
 

 

NARA SAN SAKU by Yoneo 1986.   FINE  $450.00
This is the study of the work of the three masters of kodogu from Nara: Toshinaga, Yasuchika, and Joi. In Japanese but each piece illustrated has its label in English also. There is a 10 page introduction in English. The 404 pieces are shown in crisp black & white and color photos. Clothbound with slipcase, 8 1/2" x 12", 650 pages.

 

NIHON SOKEN KINKO no KENKYU   by Kuwabara Yojiro, (1944),  GOOD  $150.00
In debth study of Japanese Sword Fittings and Artists. Examples of signatures, techniques, and other empirical data gathered from many sources. Condition is GOOD, excellant reference book. Previously owned by Alan Harvie.
8 3/16" x 5 7/8", 526 pages, hardbound cover worn and loose from text.

 

NIHON SOKEN KINKO SHI by Kuwabara Yojiro, 1941VERY GOOD  $130.00
A very good reference for Kinko fittings. About 590 pages in the volume that is mostly Japanese text and about 200 pages in the volume that is images. The images volume is heavy stock paper printed one side only. There is an index in each volume. The books are 6.5" x 8.5" with a slip case that holds both.

 

NIHON TOBAN ZUSETSU by Takezawa Masao, 1968  Private Publication.VERY GOOD  $450.00
This is #254 of a limited edition of 1000. "Toban" is the old name of tsuba. 735 first-class tsuba that are arranged by school and illustrated life size in crisp black & white photos. Many of the tsuba are those that do not appear in the other books of the same subject. This book is quite rare and seeked by many tsuba collectors to date. Hardbound in slipcase, 10 1/4" x 13 1/2" inches, 277 pages in Japanese with a list of plates in English.

 

NIHONTO: SWORDS OF JAPAN, A VISUAL GLOSSARY by Kajihara Kotoken. 1989 (out of print)
VERY FINE  SOLD.

Also titled - ZUSETSU NIHON TO TOYOGO JITEN
An encyclopedia of the Japanese sword and its mountings. The book is entirely comprehensive and is essential reference for sword and tosogu collectors. Profusely illustrated and accompanied by an English translation. Both in excellant condition, main volume is 550 pages, companion volume is 153 pages plus 52 pages of index, in English and refers page by page to the main volume with expanded English explanations or definitions. Both are approx. 10" x 13" inches, Cloth hardcovers with slipcases.

Kotoken Kajihara Kotoken Kajihara Kotoken Kajihara

 

NIHONTO TAIKAN: TSUBA KODOGU HEN by Akimoto, GOOD  $600.00
This is 1 volume from the 8 volume set; the set is the ultimate in Nihonto books. This volume covers tsuba, kozuka, kogai, and menuki, and includes only the best. 675 pieces are shown life size in black & white and color photos. Published in 1972, clothbound with slipcase, 10 1/4" X 14 1/4", 610 pages in Japanese.

 

 

NAKAMURA KAKUDAYU NOBUIYE TANSHU    by Akiyama Kyusaku (1926)
VERY GOOD  $350.00

First authoritative compilation of Nobuiye tsuba through quality rubbings. A large selection of tsuba is represented, covering all makers and periods. Condition is very good for such a rare book, with clean pages throughout. Traditionally bound in original folding cloth case (minimal staining spots) with ivory closures. Text in Japanese, 23cm x 18cm, 144 pp.
   

 

NOBUIYE TSUBA   by IIda, Kazuo, Tokyo (1981), $450.00
The most complete reference book on Nobuie tsuba. Fully illustrated with b/w plates and illustrations. Much detail of the work and signatures. Text in Japanese. 7.2" x 10.4" inches, 279 pp., near fine hardcover in slipcase. Included is a spiral bound, 8 1/2" x 11", 80 page full translation into English.

 

NOBUIYE TSUBA   by Suematsu Ikeda, (1995), SOLD
Preface, enlarged images, pictures of Kikko-mon, sea weed, wave, karakusa, etc. Post script. Limited 500 copies.
37.5cm x 27cm x 1.3cm, 47 pp., excellent condition.

 

ONE HUNDRED MASTERPIECES From The COLLECTION Of DR. WALTER A. COMPTON Japanese Swords, Sword-Fittings, and Accoutrements edited by Izzard, Sebastian, New York, 1992. LIKE NEW  $100.00
The 100 best pieces from the famous Compton sales at Christie’s Auction House are shown in exceptional photography (black & white on swords and color on kodogu).  Many more photos than pieces, with lots of extreme close-ups; a truly beautiful book.  Also includes essays on Dr. Compton's life and connoisseurship. Shows forty-two swords and fifty-eight other pieces including tsuba. Each piece in the catalog has a brief description in kanji and a comprehensive one in English, describing the piece in detail and giving a biography of the maker. Those of the blades are by Martin Lorber, and of the fittings by Robert E. Haynes, who is recognized as the leading authority on fittings outside of Japan. Clothbound with dust jacket and slip case, 10 ¼ x 14 ½”, 321 pages in English. 55 color and numerous b/w illustrations, text in English with Japanese captions, glossary, bibliography.


 

ONE HUNDRED MASTERPIECES From The COLLECTION Of DR. WALTER A. COMPTON Japanese Swords, Sword-Fittings, and Accoutrements edited by Izzard, Sebastian, New York, 1992. NEW  $100.00
This beautifully produced book describes and illustrates the finest sword collection outside of Japan, a collection that no one ever thought would be sold at auction. Includes essays on Dr. Compton's life and connoisseurship. Shows forty-two swords and fifty-eight other pieces including tsuba. Each piece in the catalog has a brief description in kanji and a comprehensive one in English, describing the piece in detail and giving a biography of the maker. Those of the blades are by Martin Lorber, and of the fittings by Robert E. Haynes, who is recognized as the leading authority on fittings outside of Japan. 10" x 14 1/2", 321 pp., 55 color and numerous b/w illustrations, text in English with Japanese captions, glossary, bibliography, New with New hardbound cover.


 

ONLY FITTINGS: Japanese Sword Furniture from an Old English Collection   by Sydney Moss Ltd., 1996. FINE  SOLD
120 pieces of very impressive kodogu are shown in crisp photography and well described, with a forward by Robert E. Haynes.
Hardbound with a dust jacket and plastic jacket, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2", about 70 pages in English.


 

OWARI TO MIKAWA NO TANKO by Okamoto Yasukazu. 1983 FINE  $500.00
Tsuba from Owari and Mikawa Provinces, covering many well known smiths and schools: Norisuke, Yagyu, Yamakichibei, Hoan, Kanayama, Owari, Nobuiye, and more. Both iron and kinko are included.
Clothbound with a slipcase, 8 1/2" x 12", 341 pages in Japanese. Included is a spiral bound, 8 1/2" x 11", 151 pages complete translation to English.

 

ROKUSHO #28 TSUBA: $60.00
The Japanese Sword Guards, by Masayuki Murata (2006)
beauty and charming Japanese 19th century metal work.

Fine catalog presents Bakumatsu and Meiji-era tsuba from the collection of the Kiyomizu San'nanzaka Museum in Kyoto Japan. Many decorative styles (yoshiki) and techniques were devised..when wealthy merchants could outdo daimyo in financial power and so ordered ornate items including up-market materials..from metalworkers. Japanese language with English table of contents, forward, and tsuba-ko noted for each piece in romanji. Vivid, full-color photography on high quality stock. This is an excellant reference for students of tsuba. NEW, softcover w/ dust jacket, 96 pages, 8 3/4in X 11 1/2in.

 

SHONAI KINKO MEI SAKU by Dr. Sato (1966) VERY FINE   $250.00
310 pieces of kodogu from Shonai are shown life size in black & white and color pictures. Clothbound with slipcase, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2", 300 pages in Japanese.

 

SUKASHI TSUBA IN EUROPAISCHEN SAMMLUNGEN by Eckhard Kremers 1994
VERY FINE  SOLD

Written in both English and German languages. Starting with a dedication to Masayuki Sasano, Kremers text follows a format similar to that used by his teacher. General guidelines for judging iron and overall quality are presented in the introduction while greater detail is offered throughout the text in reference to the specific pieces. Arranged chronologically and by school, and illustrated with crisp black & white photos. Each tsuba is shown life size and commented upon. Hardbound with dust jacket, 7 3/4" x 10 3/4", 189 pages.

 

SWORD GUARDS and FITTINGS from JAPAN: THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ART, COPENHAGEN: bequest of Dr. Hugo Halberstadt.   by Ogasawara, Nobuo. $NFS

 

TAGANE NO HANA  by Toshimo Mitsumura 1971.   VERY FINE   POA
Tagane no Hana (Flower of the Chisel) was originally published in 1903. This is the third edition. Thousands of pieces: tsuba, fuchi/kashira, kogai, kotsuka, menuki, and others are included. Each page of photos is overlain by a translucent page with the description.Clothbound tied binding in four volumes with cardboard slipcases. 12" x 15 3/4" about 200 pages each volume.

 

TANYU KAI ZUROKU    I and II   Private Publication, VERY FINE  $500.00/for both
Perhaps little known outside of Japan, the Tanyu Kai is a very private, exclusive group of kodogu collectors in Japan. Membership by invitation only, the group has published items from some of the best private collections in the world. The kodogu illustrated in these two books are as good as it gets, and rarely shown to outsiders. Top quality photos on heavy paper. Here's your look at the cream of Japan's private kodogu collections. Very hard to come by. Both excellant with slip covers.

 

TOBAN SHINPIN ZUKAN: Picture Book of Important Tsuba, NEW  $85.00
Copy and translation by Henri L. Joly, edited by Alan L. Harvie and annotated by Robert E. Haynes & Alan L. Harvie. Reprint by Northern California Japanese Sword Club, 2002. Spiral bound in 2 volumes, 8 1/2" x 11", about 330 pages in English. This is a reproduction of an early Japanese book. Drawings of 313 fine tsuba, with commentary by three important students of the art. For the money, this is a great reference.

 

TOBAN SHOKAN  KOTETSU by Matsumiya Kanzan, (1967) $190.00
Estimated  to be authored in 1736, this is the oldest monograph on the appreciation of the tsuba. The hand-written original has long been lost, but over the years numerous hand-copies were made among tsuba and sword enthusiasts (Toban Zufu or Toban Zuroku). Since the extant copies were becoming scarce and out of reach of average tsuba enthusiasts, Shibata Mitsuo undertook the project of publishing the book in a modern format in 1967. This book is the result of that effort. Original text and illustrations (taken from several reliable copies in existance) are duplicated in large pages, and modern typesetting was added to enable today's audience to read the cursive classical writing.
The direct translation of the title is "Orally transmitted secret of the appreciation of the tsuba," but "How to appreciate the tsuba" would be much more appropriate for the content. Excellant condition, tan clothcover and slipcase with 210 pages, 7 1/2in X 10 1/2in. Text in Japanese.

 

TOKEN KINKO MEI SAKU SHU by multiple authors 1935 to 1938     FINE  NFS
   GOOD broken set (missing Nobuiye)  $560.00 or GOOD individual volumes @  $90.00 each.

Eight volumes: 1935 to 1938. Sewn softbound, 7 ½ x 12”, about 100 pages per volume in Japanese. This may be the scarcest, most difficult to find book on kodogu. 8 volumes is the complete set and complete sets are almost never offered for sale. Hundreds of great fittings, both soft metal and iron, are illustrated. There is very little text; the books are mostly pictures. Descriptions of each volume to follow.

 

TOSOGU GOKECHO MEIHIN SHUSEI & TOSOGU MACHIBORI MEIHIN SHUSEI
by Fukushi Shigeo. Both volumes like new, FINE   Sold only as a set of two volumes: POA
Both volumes are a limited edition. Clothbound with slipcase, 10 1/4" x 14 1/2"


Tosogu Gokecho Meihin Shusei, 2001, limited edition of 200. Book consists of 350 pages with many color photo's showing the exceptional detail of these works of art. Each item is described in English also and there is an English index at the back.
This beautiful book presents the works of the seventeen generations of GOTO artists. Beginning with four fold-out plates of exceptional koshirae spanning over 40 inches in width, this spectacular text continues with finest examples of each of the school's seventeen masters. As expected, oversized views of craftsmanship details and signatures are present throughout. This is an exceptional reference for serious students of GOTO work.

Tosogu Machibori Meihin Shusei, 2005, limited edition of 200. Machibori refers to the fine kinko artists who were not part of the Goto family. Book consists of 430 pages with many color photo's and with ten fold-out plates of exceptional koshirae. As expected, oversized views of craftsmanship details and signatures are present throughout. Index and descriptions in both English and Japanese. The large format provides unparalleled representation. In all, an exceptional reference for serious tosogu students. A very difficult book to find.

   

 

TOSO KINKO GOTOKE JUSHICHIDAI by Shimada 1973. FINE  $450.00
This book presents the 17 generations of the Goto family, the most famous and some say the very best of the soft metal fittings makers. The work is undeniably beautiful, as is this book. Mostly black & white photos, life size and showing great detail. Includes many drawings, signatures and seals. A great reference in excellant condition. Clothbound with slipcase, 8 1/2" x 12", 258 pages in Japanese.

 

TSUBA 1963. FINE  $200.00
Great tsuba, crisp photo's in color and black & white. A great reference in excellant condition. Clothbound with slipcase and storage box, 7 1/4" x 10 1/2", about 500 pages in Japanese.

 

TSUBA no BI by Kajima, S. (1969) FINE  $400.00
A definitive study of all schools and major artists. A detailed description is provided for each tsuba, both the ura and the omote. More than 500 plates, some in color, text in Japanese, dark brown texture cloth hardcover. The examples shown are catagorized into forty sections and represent top level works of their respective schools. .
275 pages, 8 3/4" X 12 1/4", hardcover w/ slipcase.

 

TSUBA no BI    'Beauty of Tsuba'     by Susumu Kashima, Eiroku Hayashi and Hirokichi Matsunaga, SOLD
This book is really worth having and provides a very wide coverage of iron plate and sukashi tsuba. This book is a must for any library. In Japanese with penciled translations of ryuha, the black and white photos and range of tsuba are very informative. 5 3/4in X 8 1/4in, 259 pages. Excellent condition. Japanese language.

 

TSUBA KODOGU GADAI JITEN - Dictionary of Artistic Themes on Tsuba and Kodogu by Numata Kanji
AS NEW   SOLD

Clothcover with jackets and storage box, two volume set, 6 1/2" X 9 1/4", 565 pages vol.1, 492 pages vol.2 in Japanese. This is a combined re-issue of a three volume set by the same title. Each kodogu (menuki, fuchi, kashira, kozuka) and tsuba has an artistic theme (ie, what it trys to depict) and this "dictionary" attempts to list them all. Volume 1: Japanese and Chinese historical and legendary people, events, and places. Volume 2: things, animals, and plants. For each theme the dictionary gives: a) the name by which the theme is known; b) detailed description of the theme; and c) photo plate(s) of work(s) (mostly tsuba, some kodogu) on which the theme is depicted.

 

TSUBA MEI SAKU SHU by NBTHK: Dr. Honma Kunzan, 1952 GOOD  $600.00
Ribbon tied case holds 159 loose pages with 2 pictures of tsuba each, and a 65 page, softbound introduction. Some tsuba are shown both sides; other plates show 2 different tsuba. Each pictured tsuba is described in English and Japanese both;the introduction volume (list of plates, outline of tsuba history, short essays on schools of tsuba making, and a glossary) is 27 pages of Japanese and 38 pages in English.

 

TSUBA MEI SAKU SHU by NBTHK: Honma Kunzan & Sato Kanzan, 1952   VERY GOOD  $400.00
This book contains 318 selected important tsubas with English captions. The book is very easy to follow. Limited printings and it was not-for-sale book. Book covers tsubas from Ko-Tosho to Edo Kinko. Edited by two Maestros, Honma and Sato sensei. Text 56 pages and Photos 317 pages, size is 8.5" X 11.6", thickness is 1.5".

 

TSUBA TAIKAN by Noboru Kawaguchi, $NFS Tokyo, 1935.
An original edition of this sought-after book on Japanese sword mounts. The most complete reference book of tsuba signatures. 414 pp. 15 colour plates and 640 b/w plates, 23cm x16cm, decorative soft leather cover with slipcase, text in Japanese.

 

YASUCHIKA by Tomijiro Miyazaki. 1964 Sansaisha, Tokyo. VERY GOOD  $400.00
A superior book, with excellent color illustrations, of the most famous examples of the works of Yasuchika. 74 pieces, tsuba, fuchi kashira, kosuka, and more, are presented in crisp black & white, life size, both sides pictures. 22 of the pieces (kinko) are shown also in tipped in color pictures. Text is in Japanese but at the back of the book each piece is discussed thoroughly, along with essays on tsubas and Yasuchika, all in English. The middle of the book is pictures and text of works by other (related) artists and close-ups of Yasuchika's signatures.
Clothbound with slipcase, 8 1/2" X 12", in like new condition.

 

YURAKUSAI SEKIBUN KO by Dr.s Homma & Sato. 1966 VERY GOOD  $200.00
Sekibun was a well respected kodogu artists of the 1800's. This book is a study of his works.
Hardbound with plastic jacket and slipcase, 7 1/2" X 10 1/4", in very good condition.

 

 




SOURCES of OUR KNOWLEDGE of SWORD FITTINGS
 

After one has absorbed the available knowledge in the study of fittings of the Japanese sword one must reflect on its source. What was the origin of this information and how did it develop? If we do not have a full understanding of our primary sources we do not have the ability to judge what we have taken such great trouble to learn. What is more important, we cannot grow in our studies beyond these primary sources. Thus what are these sources and how and where did they develop?

The printed material that is extant consists of a few woodblock printed books such as the TOBAN ZUFU (1753), by Matsumiya Kanzan, which was originally a few dozen rubbings and drawings of tsuba with some slight comments handwritten beside them. The TOBAN FU was another collection of drawings printed in woodblock form. The TOBAN SHINPIN ZUKAN, and The SOKEN KISHO (1781) by Inaba Tsuryo, which has the first small list of tsuba artists names and a few kao. There are such single artists or family design books as the NOBUIE TSUBA FU, HOAN TSUBA FU, and YAGYU TSUBA FU. These three are of far more historical interest than as text books. These few are all the sources we have from the Edo period. What we can learn from these and the few other early books that were for the most part private manuscripts? They do give us some history of our studies but not the true information that we need to study sword fittings.

The first thing we notice is that the taste in tsuba was very different in the 18th century from that in the Meiji period, and that it was not dictated by collective taste, but by the individual author who compiled the work. This is only natural because tsuba had not been given their formal names and tags that they have today. Which brings up the point of when were the names we apply to tsuba today invented? It should be mentioned that these books and records of tsuba were not made to enlighten the public but to record examples of interest to the author of the book, for his private interest. They also are not records of the collections kept by great families to be used for their personal wear.

To return to the early books, not much more can be said about those published in the 18th century. There were about 20 various editions printed between 1800 and 1876, by such authors as, Matsudaira Rakuo (SHUKO JUSHU), which is still valid and useful, Iwase Kioden, Tsuge Masatada, Kawazu Sampaku, Umetada Schichizemon Munetoki (KINKO TANKI, 1827), Tanaka Ichigasai (KINKO JINKI, 1839), Kurihara Nobumitsu (ZANKO FURIAKU, 1844), Noda Yoshiaki (KINKO KANTEI HIKKETSU, 1820 reissued 1917), and in the last years of the 19th century we have the first book by Kuwabara Yojiro (TAGANE NO MEII, 1899), and (SOKEN KINKO DAN, 1904). In the 20th century some of the early books of note are Col. Nagaya (HIGO KINKO ROKU, 1902, second edition 1909), Matsumura (TAGANE NO HANA, 1903 - 5, 1911 - 12, and third edition 1971), Kuwabara Yojiro (CHOKINKO NEMPIO, 1909), Tsunashiro Wada (HOMPO SOKEN KINKO RYAKUSHU, 1913, and his famous FURUKAWA’S COLLECTION, 1913), Akiyama Kyusaku (TOBAN OGYO SETSUMEI, 1916), Honami Koga (KINKO JIN MEIROKU, 1920), Ogura Yokichi (AKASAKA TSUBAKO ROKU, 1921), Kuwabara Yojiro (KINKO ICHIRAN, 1922, later reprint), Kano Natsuo (TAGANE KO SANROKU, 1924), Ogura Soemon (HIGO KINKO ROKU, 1925, second edition 1929), Akiyama Kyusaku (NOBUIE TSUBA SHU, 1926), Torigoye Kazutaro (SHAKAIGAKU SHIRON, 1930, and NIHONTO SHINSETSU, 1934 - 36), Ogura Soemon (GOTO ICHIJO, 1935, and MEISHI TO TOKEN, 1935), Kawaguchi Noboru (TSUBA TAIKAN, 1935), and Kuwabara Yojiro (TOKEN KINKO SORAN, 1937, and NIHON SOKEN KINKO SHI, 1941). You can see the continuity of the work of this rather small group of authors and what they produced many years ago. Many of these should be considered source material that can still contribute to the available knowledge of the beginning student of today. (Haynes & Long)



HIGO KINKO ROKU
by Nagaya.
SOLD
1960 Edition.
Very early book on Higo koshirae. Many illustrations and extensive text in Japanese. A great reference for those with an interest in Higo mounts.
HONCHO KOKON SANKO FURYAKU
by Kurihara Nobumitsu.
$100.00
1844, 1917 Edition.
In one volume, a geneology outline of our country's (JAPAN) ancient and modern times carving artists.
KINKO KANTEI HIKKETSU
( The Key To The Appraisal Of Metal Artisans )
  by NODA (Shirobei) Yoshiaki   $150.00
Kitajima Choshiro, Edo, Bunsei 3 (1820). Two volume set; vol 1 has 4 chapters of 45 pages, vol 2 has 20 pages. All double-pages well illustrated with woodcuts. Blue daiper-patterned paper wrappers, labeled titles, sewn in the Japanese style.
Noda was a well-known connoisseur of the period. Noda Nariaki and Takase Tomohiro did the illustrations. A work on the Goto family, the illustrations show many works by the various masters, their kao, and the hidden or secret points of Attribution.
10 7/16" x 7 1/8" with new Japanese string binding.
KOKON KINKO BENRAN by Narita Okubei (1846) and Agano (1847). $100.00
A Compendium of Soft Metal Artisans - Past and Present. Two volumes with new Japanese string binding.
MEIKO  TSUBA  FU
by Unknown Author
NFS

Master Craftsman Tsuba Record.
No artist's name, no date.
114 illustrations of tsuba, each colored hand painted and tracing.
Volume 1 = Ken, Volume 2 = Kon, both volumes 13cm x 20cm.
Very rare record of very important tsuba.

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THE ARTS OF THE JAPANESE SWORD & A PRIMER OF JAPANESE SWORD-BLADES by B.W. Robinson, Buy Both For $200.00 And SAVE
(THE ARTS book) An overview of Japanese swords and fittings, this is one of the early essential reference books produced in English. Compared with Yumoto's The Samurai Sword, here Robinson expands on the all-in-one handbook format by including far greater detail on both specific schools of swordsmiths listed by province, and sword fittings. Supported by 108 color and b&w photographic plates, also numerous charts and illustrations. 228 pages, 6¼ x 10" hardcover $150.00.
(A PRIMER book) Robinson's period compilation of contemporary and classic sword literature/references. This concise text offers essential material for sword study. As a clear guide for classification and identification this texts still holds its own despite the duplication of its contents in many of the newer texts. Specifically of note is the 45-page listing of swordsmiths adapted from Toko Soran. 95 pages, 6½ x 9½" soft cover $120.00.


 

 

JAPANESE ART SERIES, SWORD by Junji Homma, GOOD  BEST PRICE $50.00
During the Allied Occupation the National Museum of Japan held an important exhibition of Japanese swords. This text provided an overview of the history of swords in Japan. It does not include photos or oshigata; it's illustrations are directed toward sword nomenclature. It includes Homma's excellent and extensive essay, "Works of Art Made of Steel", which can serve as a basis for study. Published in 1948, 72 pages, 5in X 7 1/4in paper hardcover, Wood slip cover. English language.

 

 

JAPANESE SWORD BLADES by Alfred Dobree (r. 1971), BEST PRICE $20.00
Reprint of the 1905 manuscript comprised of a series of essays presented at the Royal Archaeological Institute (UK). An interesting period text that offers a general overview on the history of Nihonto, construction, characteristics, kanji, and an appendix that brings various aspects of the text together toward identifying smiths by listing the principal characteristics of their work as referenced against charts for shape, kissaki, boshi, hamon, etc. Supported by numerous b&w plates and charts.
73 pages, 5 1/2" X 8 1/2", softcover w/ brodart dustcover.

 

NIHON-no-BIJUTSU, ALL GOOD  BEST PRICE $50.00 for All Six Issues
Volume 6, 'TO-KEN' Japanese swords by Sato Kanzan. In very good condition, 7 1/4in X 9in, 134 pages, published in Oct.1966.
Volume 64, 'TOSOGU' Sword Fittings by Kajima Susumu. In very good condition, 7 1/8in X 8 7/8in, 108 pages, published in Sept.1971.
Volume 70, 'LACQUER WARE' Kamakura Style Sculpture by Goke Tadaomi. In excellent condition, 7 1/4in X 8 7/8in, 110 pages, published in March 1972.
Volume 127, 'BINGATA' (Kimono) Okinawan Traditional Dyed Cloth by Yamanobe Tomoyuki. In very good condition, 7 1/4in X 9in, 94 pages, published in Dec.1976.
Volume 332, 'NIHONTO no BI' The Workmanship of Japanese Swords by Ogasawara Nobuo. NEW, 7 1/4in X 9in, 98 pages, published in Jan.1994.
Volume 431, 'NIHONTO' Japanese Sword, The Fujisawa Otoyasu Collection by Hiroi Yuichi. NEW, 7 1/4in X 9in, 106 pages published in April 2002.
All volumes are published under the supervision of the National Museums of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara. Each volume is part of a series titled "Nihon no Bijutsu (The Fine Arts of Japan)". Japanese language. 'Out of print' and very hard to find.

 

 


 

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