Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan, 1988, HC, NF.

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Sasama, Y., et al. New York, Crescent Books, 1988.
English, Near Fine, HC, 4to, 12 1/4" x 9 1/4", 192 pp.
ISBN: 0517644673

Black paper over board, stamped silver lettering to spine, superior copy inside and out, with only the most minimal, unobtrusive wear to bindings, text-block and endpapers. Very Good pictorial dust jacket, featuring "hishi toji okedawa do guoko" to front, a scene from The Life of Yoshitsune to back, black and red lettering to front, white and black lettering to spine, black lettering to interior flaps, minor sunning to spine, front, and edges, some wear to edges and top tips, small tear back top tip, otherwise, clean and intact. Protected in a paper-backed Mylar sleeve. [6] 192 pp., replete 165 black-and-white and 146 full-color images, Foreword by Dr. Y. Sasama, seven chapters by Ian Bottomley and Anthony Hopson: "The Origins of the Warrior Class," "The Samurai during the Gempei Wars," "The Kamakura and Nambokucho Periods," "Civil Unrest: the Ashikaga Shogunate," "The Evolution of Modern Armour," "The Arrival of the Southern Barbarians," and "Japan in Isolation: the Edo Period," Glossary, Bibliography, and Index. From inside the dust jacket: "The long development of arms and armor in the Samurai's 700-year history is fully detailed in this handsome volume. Illustrated with over 300 photographs, Arms and Armor of the Samurai will be a welcome addition to the libraries of all military enthusiasts."

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