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Meibutsu Token - Homotsu no Nihonto
Meibutsu Token - Homotsu no Nihonto (Named swords - Japans' treasure swords). Yes, I am aware that "homotsu" is also read "takaramono", but not being Japanese, I do not know which is the correct usage. The catalog on Meibutsu swords is latest in a series of books of traveling exhibitions, which in the past have included Ichimonji, Kiyomaro, etc. Some English text. Boxed and with a blue silk binding.
Pages 112 - 126 are in English, translated by Victor Harris, Keeper Emeritus of Japanese Antiquities, The British Museum. 112 - 115 specifics about the sword. 116 - 126 cover information from the emergence of legendary swords to the meaning of gold inlaid signatures, and many things in between that are get frequent inquiries. Pages 31 -155 excellent pictures, oshigata, and explanations in Japanese. The first seven plates are not Meibutsu, but important swords, some Kokuho. 158 - 163, San'yo Shiryo, covering old kanteisho and books. 164 - 210 covers several topics including on page 185 a list of the Hon'ami kakihan.
Previous publications, now out of print, have been selling for in excess of $500. S & H paid within continental United States $130 within the continental United States, others add $15 S & H.
Tsuda Totoumi Nagamitsu Kanbe Taema