KAPP, Leon and Hiroko, & Yoshindo Yoshihara.
Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths. From 1868 to the Present.
Photography by Tom Kishida.
First edition of this excellent reference work tracing the lineage and work of the sword-smiths active in Japan since the beginning of the Meiji-era. The authors detail the events of the modern sword world, developments in sword-making, the movement into artistic spheres, and the challenges many smiths face in reviving ancient art of Japanese sword forging.
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Quarto. Original black and grey boards. With the dust jacket. Profusely illustrated throughout. Very slight shelf-wear, else very good.