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Japanese Swordsmiths, W. M. Hawley, 2 volume set, 1966-67.

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Japanese Swordsmiths, by W. M. Hawley, 2 volume set.


Volume 1: Japanese Swordsmiths; 13,500 names used by about 12,000 swordsmiths from 700 to 1900 AD. Published 1966.

Volume 2: Japanese Swordsmiths; Supplemental lists of 4000 swordsmiths, steel and temper line characteristics of 2500 smiths, Glossary of 1000 sword terms, thirty pages of illustrations, numerous tables. Published 1967.

Published by W. M. Hawley, 1966-67, 1st editions. California, USA.

A good, and very scarce, 1st edition set of these 2 very important reference books. Blue cloth hardbacks with gilt titles. Covers are a little shaken due to usage, and bumped. Text blocks are clean, with discoloration to edges. Volume 2 - cloth is splitting along the spine and beginning to lift.

Text in English, with Japanese names.

Volume 1: 492pp.
Volume 2: 15pp + 501pp - 756pp.

Dimensions: Each volume is approximately 303mm high x 230mm wide x 20-45mm deep. Set weighs just over 1kg unpacked.