KAMADA, Saburodayu Gyomio.
Honcho kaji ko.
[The Imperial Collection of Swords].
First edition thus, extremely uncommon, just one set noted in OCLC, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Essentially a regional survey of sword makers, giving the name of the master swordsmith, his school, and his disciples, illustrated with examples of nakago -tangs – with mei or signatures. Unmarked as such, but from the collection of Prof. Robert M. Lewert. Bob Lewert was a specialist in the immunology of parasitic diseases, Professor Emeritus of The University of Chicago, a Fullbright and Guggenheim Fellow, consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and Department of the Army; and also a life member of the Japanese Society for the Preservation of Artistic Swords (Tokyo) and a director, former chairman and life member of the Japanese Sword Society of the United States. Unusual and highly attractive.
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12 volumes octavo (255 108 mm) . Original sewn-Japanese binding, pale blue relief-patterned light card wraps, calligraphic paper labels. 6 of the volumes profusely illustrated with wood-cuts. First volume with minor scuffing to the front cover, last volume has some worming to margins towards the rear, some soiling and edge-wear to all volumes, otherwise the paper labels are all solid bright and clear, and the contents show just some light toning, but remain tight, bright, clean and unmarked, a very good set