Tosogu: fittings, i.e.: tsuba, and kodogu which is/are: menuki, fuchi/kashira, kozuka, and kogai.
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HAYNES AUCTION CATALOGS, Vols. 1 - 10
Robert Hayes et al
What the Compton auction catalogs are for swords, Haynes' catalogs spanning 1981-84 are for the field of tosogu...arguably more so.  Presented are a broad range of fittings with many significant examples throughout the series, all with supporting documentation and commentary making for excellent reference.  An added value to the series was the translation of Torigoye's Tsuba Geijutso Ko (1960).  This complete set is a tremendous opportunity for serious students of tosogu.
10 soft cover volumes  $695

Some individual copies also available:

IMPORTANT JAPANESE IROGANE, KO-TSUBA, MENUKI, WOODBLOCK PRINTS AND NETSUKE
Auction Catalog #3 (28 November 1982, San Francisco)
Includes 355 lots noted for coverage of tosogu (197), this is the third in what would be a ten volume series of catalogs. Includes part three of the series' translation of Tsuba Geijutsu Ko (Torigoye, 1960), and indexes of signed works.
93 pages, 8 x 10" soft cover $75
LETHAL ELEGANCE:
The Art of Samurai Sword Fittings

Joe Earle (2004)
From MFA, "The Japanese sword is famously both the symbol and instrument of Japanese military prowess. Less known, at least in the West, is its role as a fashion accessory or status symbol. And more than the weapon itself, it was the sword's metal fittings-from the hand guard to the small decorative plates on the hilt-that reflected the complexities of samurai life. Some fittings were meant to convey the honor and self-control expected of a samurai while on official duty, while other, more flamboyant ones reflected his leisure-time persona as "man about town". Later, when the wearing of the swords spread beyond the samurai class, both the decorative function of the fittings and the variety of their designs sharply increased, leading to some of the most sophisticated and accomplished metalwork ever created."
256 pages, 8 x 9" hardcover  $45
SHOSANKENSHU
Henri Joly's List of Names and Kakihan

Henri Joly (1963)
The reprint of Joly's 1919 handwritten/drawn reference to fittings makers' names and personal seals. Over 2950 listings are recorded. Listings are alphabetized by romanized spelling, each includes: kanji, and in most cases kakihan and notations regarding location or school. The previous text to which Joly credits as the basis for supplementation was by Shinkichi Hara and contained only 600 entries less kakihan. This is a definitive and invaluable reference tool by a noted authority. 
444 pages, 9 x 11" hardcover  $95
Nihon To Koza
AFU: H.A.Watson, translator
The Nihon To Koza was first published in Japan in the mid-thirties as a series of 20 plus volumes, then re-edited and re-issued in the late sixties in the form of a ten volume hardbound set. This series has been translated to English and includes all of the pictures and captions from the Japanese version. The translated volumes are 8 x 11 inches, hardbound, indexed, included a glossary, and run approximately 500 pages each. The current translated set consists of 3 Koto volumes, a Shinto volume, a Shinshinto volume, and a volume on kodogu.

Nihon To Koza Vol.VI:
KODOGU Part I
Primarily concerned with tsuba, this volume covers iron tsuba, fuchi kashira, and offers a discussion of the types of kantei of kodogu with comparison of how tsuba are viewed in the West. Given the volume of names involved in kodogu, considerable attention is given to pronunciation and kanji. A 10 page pronunciation guide to 900+ kanji is included, as is a separate 4 page pamphlet with essential terms for the study of kodogu.
374 pgs., 8 x 11" hardcover $150.00

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Pictured here, the complete translated set of the Nihon To Koza.

 



TSUBA KODOGU KANTEI NYUMON
WAKAYAMA Takeshi and IIDA Kazuo (1994)
Japanese-language text on tosogu appraisal with detailed photographs, many with enlarged views of signatures
.  Examples span the full range of iron and soft-metal works.
232 pages, 6 x 8" hardcover  $70.00

 

KOKUSAI TOSOGU KAI,
2008 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Nick NAKAMURA et al (2008)
Presents seventy-three expertly photographed and documented examples from the fourth Kokusai Tosogu Kai's international convention along with: "Memories of Kengo Sekido-sensi" by Terutaka Kawabata, "Ezo Tosogu - An Enigmatic Group of Early Fittings" by Boris Markhasin, and memoirs of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 conventions.  English and Japanese-language text.  Limited printing of 400.
99 pages, 8 x 12" hardcover with slipcase  $95.00
KOKUSAI TOSOGU KAI,
2006 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Nick NAKAMURA et al (2006)
Presents seventy-one expertly photographed and documented examples from the second Kokusai Tosogu Kai's international convention along with two articles: "Kirishitan Ikenie Tsuba" by Fred Geyer, and an interview of Kengo Sekido by Taeko Watanabe - "In  Search of the True Image of Goto Yujo and the Essence of his Engraving Techniques".  A summary of the group's first (2005) convention follows with detail of seven tsuba not included in the preceding publication. Commentary and index in English with Japanese captions.  Limited printing of 400.
115 pages, 8 x 12" hardcover with slipcase  $95.00
KOKUSAI TOSOGU KAI,
2005 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Nick NAKAMURA et al (2005)
Fifty-five examples from the Kokusai Tosogu Kai's first international convention are presented along with two essays: "My First Sixty Years as a Student of Kodogu" by Robert Haynes, and "Sukashi-Tsuba - Their Use and Aesthetic Beauty" by Terutaka Kawabata and Taeko Watanabe. Commentary and index in English with Japanese captions. Limited printing of 400.
108 pages, 8 x 12" hardcover with slipcase $105
COLLECTION CATALOG B2 - JAPANESE SWORD GUARDS
Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures (1997)
Companion volume to Kurokawa Institutes' above sword and tosogu volumes, this book presents 328 impressive tsuba from its holdings. A broad range of tsuba styles are shown with all examples are shown in high detail photographs; 33 exhibits in color and 295 in b&w. Readily accessible to non-Japanese readers, includes: a  "Short History of Japanese Sword Guards" by Kashima Susumu in English together with a twenty-one page English-language index that includes attribution, transcription of mei in romanji, period, commentary, and measurements. 
281 Pages, 10 x 14" hardcover with slipcase $450
TOSO SORAN 
TORIGOYE Kazutaro (1978)
Contains over 280 pages of photographed examples including: tsuba, kozuka, kogai, fuchi/kashira, menuki, and umabari. Notes regarding the artists and their relationships to the main teachers of each school are included as are many brief explanations of legends and the historical episodes depicted in the example pieces. A life's work and the final volume by noted tosogu scholar Dr.Torigoye. Text in both Japanese and English. Includes two pull-out charts. Numbered limited edition.
308 pages, 8 x 12" hardcover with slip case  $395

 
KO025: TOSO SORAN, Torigoye (1978)
TSUBA NYUMON
SHIBATA Mitsuo (1967)

Japanese language handbook on tsuba.  138 Pages of tsuba photographs.   Includes iron and soft-metal works. 
192 pages, 5 x 7" hardcover  $70.00
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JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS:
The Naunton Collection

H.L.Joly (r.1973)

This reprint of the original 1912 printing makes available a title first limited to 300 editions.  The immense turn-of-the-century collection of G.H.Naunton, 1450 pieces, cataloged and presented by Joly.   Tsuba and all forms of kodogu are shown in b&w plates accompanied by documentation. Historical notes of schools and methods are also given. Both the collection and author are well respected.
317 pages, 10 x 12" hardcover  $195
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ARMS AND ARMOR OF ANCIENT JAPAN:
A Historical Survey

Southern California Token Kai (1964)
Catalog of the exhibition held in Los Angeles, 19 February through 22 March 1964.  The exhibit presents Japanese swords spanning the very early Kofun Bunka period through the Shin-Shinto periods using 62 photographed examples.  The second half of the catalog is introduced by Robert Haynes and is devoted to tsuba.  119 Examples are shown, each accompanied by its description.  An illustrated glossary of sword nomenclature and bibliography are also included.
68 pages, 8
x11" spiral bound  $60.00
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TSUBA: The Japanese Sword guards
beauty and charming Japanese 19th century metal work

Masayuki Murata (2006)
Presents Bakumatsu and Meiji-era tsuba from the collection of the Kiyomizu San'nanzaka Museum in Kyoto Japan.  "Many decorative styes (yoshiki) and techniques were devised..[during this] pinacle of sword fittings...[when] wealthy merchants could outdo daimyo in financial power [and] so ordered ornate items including up-market materials...from metalworkers." Japanese-language with English table of contents, forward, and tsuba-ko noted for each piece in roman-ji.  Vivid, full-color photography on high quality stock
96 pages, 8 x 11
" soft cover w/dust jacket  $65.00
SUKASHI TSUBA - Bushido no Bi
SASANO Masayuki (1972)
This is the Japanese edition to Sasano's Sukashi Tsuba - Early Japanese Sword Guards (1972) with the notable exception that it includes content omitted from the English edition including four additional tsuba. The photographs here are also presented on a smoother, higher quality paper which was reserved only for the few color plates in the English edition; the Japanese edition also includes these color plates.
284 pages, 7 x 10" hardcover with slipcase $160
TOSOGU NO KIGEN 
SASANO Masayuki (1979)

Published between Sasano's two essential texts on sukashi tsuba, both translated to English (1972, and 1994), came another important text from this scholar.  Here the focus is the changing form of uchigatana tsuba, kozuka, and kogai while demonstrating that the earliest forms can be traced back far earlier than previously held.  Japanese-language; though also accessible though English captions with extensive descriptions and details.  A unique work by an equally unique and progressive scholar. Limited printing of 2000 individually numbered copies.
157 pages, 7 x 10" hardcover with slipcase  $225
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TOSOGU NO KANSHO
SASANO Masayuki (1982)
Surveying both iron and soft metal tosogu and drawing on exceptional examples from private collections, this publication of the Shoyu Kai study group is fully captioned in English and makes evident the broad range of Sasano's expertise.  Detailed photography on gloss stock for optimal clarity.
82 pages, 8 x 12" hardcover  $110
JAPANESE SWORD GUARDS
J.D.Hamilton  (1975)
A catalog detailing the tsuba collection of the Peabody Museum (MA).  Presents an excellent range of both soft metal and iron examples in 43 full-page plates.   Includes six plates in color.  Most plates contain four or more pieces.   Supporting text details each piece with commentary on design, school attribution, and period made. 
106 pages, 8
x11" soft cover $40
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GOTO-KE JUSHICHIDAI NO TOSOGU,
Sword Fittings of the Goto Family, 1440-1879   

Sano Art Museum et al (1994)

214 Exhibits spanning the works of seventeen generations are presented in this important exhibit catalog.  Many items shown with the addition of oversized views of fine details and signatures.  Japanese-language, with seven page English index and commentary on each piece.
139 pages, 9 x 11" soft cover  $155
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TOSOGU GOKECHO MEIHIN SHUSEI   
FUKUSHI Shigeo (2001)

This over-sized volume presents the works of the seventeen generations of Goto artists in what can only be described as the subject's definitive reference.   Beginning with four fold-out plates of exceptional koshirae spanning over 40 inches in width, this spectacular text continues with finest examples of each of school's seventeen masters.  As expected, oversized views of craftsmanship details and signatures are present throughout. Index and descriptions in both Japanese and English.  The large format provides unparalleled representation. In all, an exceptional reference for serious students of Goto work.  Limited printing of 200 individually numbered copies.
352 pages, 10 x 14" hardcover with slipcase  $575.00
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JAPANESE SWORD-MOUNTS
In the Collection of the Field Museum

H.E.Gunsaulus (1923)
This is the very early catalog of the Field Museum of Natural History's collections of sword fittings. The collection's nucleus was formed by Edward Greey in the late 19th Century and represents the culmination of two lifetime's study.  While staying in Japan Greey received top level assistance in assembling his collection by appointment of the Emperor.  Extensive documentation of both artists and schools precedes 61 b&w plates.  Each plate has three or more examples.   A truly important and early reference of an outstanding collection. 
256 pages, 6 x 9" worn soft cover with loose signatures  $230.00
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THE HENRY D. ROSIN COLLECTION
OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS

Patrick Syz (1993)
Catalogs this impressive collection of sword fitting spanning early Kofun Bunka period (300-645
CE) through Edo periods. The introduction notes the collection as "concentrating on early and unusual pieces".  The examples presented in 92 color plates represent works by all of the major schools including a selection of Sho-ki kinko - first period kinko.
135 pages, 8 x12" hardcover  $165.00
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THE HARTMAN COLLECTION OF JAPANESE METALWORK
Christies Auction Catalog (30 June, 1 July 1976, London)
This auction catalog is unique for two reasons: first, it was derived from many of the great early 20th Century collections such as Hawkshaw, Garbutt, Naunton, and Joly, and secondly, as all of the lots are shown.  Includes over 630 lots of fittings, primarily tsuba.  In general, soft metal pieces are shown in color, while most iron are shown in b&w. Text is in English, each piece supplement by brief Japanese descriptions; English glossary and index of artists.  With realized price list included.
163 pages,  9 x 12" hardcover  $235.00
KO058: Hartman Collection (1976)
JAPANESE SWORD-FITTINGS & METAL WORK IN THE LUNDGREN COLLECTION (1992)
A Japanese-language text presenting an important collection started in the 1930s by Stokholm antiques-dealer C.H.Lundgren. The collection as presented evolved through two generations to include the wide array of sword furniture and associated metal crafts shown here in both color and b&w photographic plates. English-language forward with Japanese text and index.
159 pages, 8 x 10" hardcover  $95 
KATANA TOSO NO SUBETE
KOKUBO Kenichi (1984)
Japanese-language survey of koshirae.  Many daisho and tanto examples are included.   Both color and b&w photographs throughout. 
133 pgs., 7 x 10" hardcover  $85.00
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DOITSU KARA KAETTE KITA TSUBA
Tsuba that came home from Germany,
The Dr. W. Fahrenhorst Collection
Iba Tomihiko (1969)
A Japanese-language text presenting an important, early collection accumulated during the Meiji period.  B&W examples presented one to a page, preceded by 32 color plates many showing front and back detail as shown here.  Though mostly tsuba, the examples span the range of kodogu with 109 pieces shown in 144 photographic plates.
170 pages, 6 x 8" hardcover 
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DOITSU KARA KAETTE KITA TSUBA, Pt. II

Companion volume to the above text with the theme of other tsuba returning to Japan from Europe.
238 pages, 6 x 8" hardcover
  $125.00
 
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THE JAPANESE SWORD AND ITS FITTINGS
Japanese Sword Society of New York (1966)
This is a Cooper Union Museum catalog of an exhibit from the collections of New York club members.  Like other earlier examples it is interesting to see this exhibit referenced in bibliographies of current texts.  Includes 25 blades, 58 tsuba, 26 kozuka, and other fittings en suite.  An excellent range of examples shown in b&w; glossary. 
48 pages, 8
x11" soft cover  $25.00
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TSUBA IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Compiled by W.M. Hawley  (1975)
Credited as in cooperation with the Japanese Sword Club of Southern California, as a club officer Hawley produced this large volume from collected examples of the membership.   A remarkable array of tsuba are presented of all types and design.  Tsuba photographs are shown five to a page.  Text is limited to general headings as examples are arranged thematically and by construction. 
302 pages, 8 x 11" hardcover  $225.00
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SWORDS OF THE SAMURAI: Japanese Arms & Armor from Northwest Collections, Revised Edition (1985)
A catalog prepared for a Washington State University exhibit in which kodogu predominate as 36 of the 112 examples.  Tsuba, menuki, and kozuka are shown in clear b&w photographic plates. Extensive descriptive text; glossary.
67 pages, 9 x 9" soft cover  $65.00
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THE GODA COLLECTION OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS
R.H.Rucker (1924)
This very early catalog produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the sword fittings collection of Masauji Goda.  The preface describes the collection as an "effort to illustrate worthily the great art of Japan" (in a country. . .believed. . .somewhat of an 'oasis in the Western desert')."  68 Pages of text followed by a 93 page catalog of well described fittings with b&w plates. Printing was limited to 500 editions.  The book was published as a soft cover only -- given the age and format there are few copies remaining.  This is a rare find, and a ready reference for advanced collectors.   
161 pages, 5 x 8" soft cover  $295.00
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JAPON: KINKO - Montures de Sabre Ornementales
Robert Burawoy (1983)
Large format publication presents 56 lots of fittings.  Primarily tsuba, also included are kozuka, fuchi/kashira, and tanto koshirae with piece shown in high quality photos -- all but 16 in full color.  Description for each piece in French
.
8 pages, 11 x 16" soft cover $25.00
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JAPANESE SWORDGUARD ARTISTS
Gary Murtha (1982)
An informative compilation of biographical material on tsuba artists. Central to this reference is a 42-page listing of tsuba-ko.  Includes school listing and charts plus 21 examples of tsuba in b&w with descriptions.
80 pages, 8 x 11" soft cover  $40.00
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THE ITO SCHOOL OF TSUBA MAKERS
B.Navroth
A history of the ten masters of the Ito school of Bushu (1688-1880); identifying characteristics of their works. Includes photos of 14 tsuba plus several enlargements detailing signatures.
10 pages, 5 x 8" soft cover $4.95
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Nihon To Koza Vol.VI: KODOGU Part I
AFU: H.A.Watson, translator
Primarily concerned with tsuba, this volume covers iron tsuba, fuchi kashira, and offers a discussion of the types of kantei of kodogu with comparison of how tsuba are viewed in the West. Given the volume of names involved in kodogu, considerable attention is given to pronunciation and kanji. A 10 page pronunciation guide to 900+ kanji is included, as is a separate 4 page pamphlet with essential terms for the study of kodogu.
374 pages, 8 x 11" hardcover $150.00
 
THE JAPANESE SWORD AND ITS DECORATION
Helen Gunsaulus (1924)
This is one of a series of large leaflets that were prepared by Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History to give an of account individual exhibits.  This important collection is often referenced by contemporary texts.  Includes an overview of the importance of the sword in Japanese culture and the fittings and schools associated to it; with 4 b&w plates, each with 2 or more examples.
25 pages, 5 x 8" soft cover $25.00
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600 JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS TERMS
W.M.Hawley
Defines the relevant terminology of Japanese sword fittings study.  Terms are listed alphabetically and written in both Romanji and Kanji.
133 pages, 8 x 11" spiral bound $35.00
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INTRODUCTION TO SWORD MOUNTS
H.L.Joly, Translated by Laura & W.M.Hawley
Essentially this is a history of sword mountings and fittings with definitions and descriptions with illustrations from the Shaku Jisshu, an 18
th century text.
30 pages, 5 x 8" soft cover $6.95
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THE APPLICATION OF GOLD ON JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS
W.M.Hawley
A six page essay covering various gold gilding and inlay processes for kodogu and swords followed by a glossary of metal working terms, types of work, and common alloys with compositions listed.
12 pages, 5 x 8" soft cover $4.95
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