BOOKS

Tsuba Kodogu Gadai Jiten

Dictionary of Tosogu artistic themes, three-volume set.

Generally most of Tosogu items depict some theme and in this dictionary author tries to list all of them. Each volume contains three groups of themes:

- Chinese historical and legendary people, events, and places

- Japanese historical and legendary people, events, and places

- Animals, plants and objects

For each theme dictionary gives:

- Name by which the theme is known;

- Detailed description of the theme;

- Picture example of Tosogu piece on which the theme is depicted.

This book set is a fundamental element of every Tosogu library that helps understand historical and cultural background of the Japanese society of that period

Hardcover with dust jacket and slipcase, 1-303/2-323/3-316 pages, black&white and few color pictures, text in Japanese

Author: Kanji Numata, 1-1967, 2-1968, 3-1971

Condition: Good

Price: USD 250 + shipping cost

Zabo Tansen

Known as “Masterpiece of Kokubo Sensei”. Total 568 pieces of Tosogu, almost all of them Tsuba, are portrayed in every detail. Perfect reference material for Edo period Tsuba, mainly Goto and Kinko. If you want to learn how to distinguish true work from gimei and cast copies this book is definitely for you.

Clothbound hardcover with slipcase and original cardboard box, 558 pages, black&white and few color pictures, text in Japanese

Author: K. Kokubo, K. Ootsubo, 1974

Condition: A little shabby binding otherwise excellent

Price: USD 150 + shipping cost

Tsuba Kanshoki

This book is focused mostly on iron Tsuba. Detailed high quality photos show many tsubako masterpieces and just a few kinko examples. Tsuba are arranged by school. Attached comes a chart showing relationships between schools and artists. Some call this book “Bible of Iron Tsuba” and it is highly recommended to those who are seriously studying and collecting tsubako.

Clothbound hardcover with slipcase, 400 pages, black&white pictures, text in Japanese, Dr. Torigoye's introduction and short description of each item in English

Author: Kazutaro Torigoye, 1975

Condition: Excellent

Price: USD 250 + shipping cost

Tsuba

Outstanding reference for most important Tsuba. All pieces are portrayed in every detail on high quality photos. This very nice book belongs in the library of every Tosogu collector and enthusiast.

Clothbound hardcover with slipcase, 400 pages, black&white and few color pictures, text in Japanese

Author: Mitsuo Shibata, 1963

Condition: Good

Price: USD 125 + shipping cost

Toso Kodogu Meihin Shu

This book is dedicated to the finest Fuchi-Kashira, Menuki and Kozuka, which are shown on the first 296 pages with many close-ups. The rest of the book is metalworking and design commentary.

Clothbound hardcover, 500 pages, black&white and few color pictures, text in Japanese

Author: Takeshi Wakayama, 1972

Condition: Good

Price: USD 100 + shipping cost

Tosogu no Kansho

Light but very representative reference. 180 pieces of Tosogu from all major schools, from early iron plates to later works of Kano Natsuo, are shown on high-resolution photos. No need to use translation software as all the items are commented in English. Perfect book for those who start their journey on the path of Tosogu and those who want to have an all-in-one reference at hand.

Clothbound hardcover, 82 pages, color and black&white pictures, text in Japanese and short description of each item in English

Author: Masayuki Sasano, 2nd edition, 1989

Condition: Excellent

Price: USD 75 + shipping cost

Tsuba Kodogu Kantei Nyumon

Almost a pocket size heavy reference source. Here Tosogu items are divided into groups and artists with examples of their works and signatures. Some presented pieces were never published in other Tosogu books. A must for every serious Tosogu collector and enthusiast.

Author: Iida and Takeshi Wakayama, 1994

Hardcover with dust jacket, 271 pages, text in Japanese

Condition: Excellent

Price: USD 50 + shipping cost

Tosogu no Bi - Fine Japanese Sword Fittings - Menuki (1) & (2)

Volume 1 & 2 - extremely hard to find both together

200 sets of fine Menuki presented in color in each volume

Author: Makio Saruta, 1985 (vol. 1), 1994 (vol. 2)

Hardcover with slipcase, vol. 1 - 164 pages, vol. 2 - 148 pages, text in Japanese and English (title, motif)

Limited printing of 700 copies each volume

Condition: Excellent

Price: USD 350 + shipping cost

Kozuka 100 - Claude Thuault Collection

100 most beautiful Kozuka from the collection of Claude Thuault. One Kozuka per spread with detailed description and collector's annotation. Very interesting part of the book is at the end where Messrs. Thuault and Ogasawara discuss each Kozuka thus demonstrating difference in Western and Far Eastern experiencing of art. This book brilliantly demonstrates how a real collection, of Kozuka in this case, should look like.

Author: C. Thuault, 1993

Hardcover with dust jacket, 270 pages, color and black&white pictures, text in Japanese and English

Condition: Excellent

Price: USD 50 + shipping cost

Japanese Sword Fittings & Metalwork in the Lundgren Collection

This wonderful book displays the finest examples of Tosogu and other metalwork from the collection of Stockholm antiques dealer C. H. Lundgren. Other metalwork includes jizai okimono of finely crafted mythical creatures, animals, birds and insects. What is to be called a "serious private collection" gives a clear indication of what is worth adding to it.

Hardcover with dust jacket, 160 pages, color and black&white pictures, text in Japanese and introduction in English

Author: Lundgren, Ogasawara, 1992

Condition: Excellent

Price: USD 50 + shipping cost

The Ishiguro School of Japanese Sword Fittings Artists

The Ishiguro School was active in late Edo period. Their focus and strong point was the depiction of flowers and birds. Absolutely stunning works of 6 members of the school are represented in high resolution color pictures and fully described both in Japanese and English.

Published by NBTHK, 2016

Hardcover with dust jacket, 96 pages

Condition: New

Price: USD 50 + shipping cost