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Regarded as the single most important private collection in the west, Dr. Walter A. Compton's collection of Japanese swords and fittings has been well documented.
The two books: NIPPON-TO: Art Swords of Japan, 100 Masterpieces, and the three Compton auction catalogs have become a very important reference set. Nippon-To is unique as it was published well before the collection was sold, while auction catalogs present the entire collection.

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"A Cutting-Edge Collection Earns $7.9 Million at New York Auction", read a report on the first Compton auction below.
NIPPON-TO: Art Swords of Japan
Japan Society (1976)
A large format exhibition catalog of select, important pieces from the Compton collection.  In addition to the outstanding plates and oshigata, the supporting text gives an excellent overview that includes advanced level material for study.  The range of important swords shown highlight the Compton collection while demonstrating a historical overview of Japanese art swords.  Here can be seen the changing form of the Japanese sword through the koto, shinto, and shinshinto periods.  A very rare and important text - it should the be first book to be considered when exploring the Compton Collection.
134 pages, 10 x 14" soft cover  $325.00
CA004: Nippon-To - Art Swords of Japan (1976)
ONE HUNDRED MASTERPIECES FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. WALTER A. COMPTON 
S.Izzard, editor (1992)
This is the well-known reference of important blades and kodogu from the Christie's auctions of Dr. Compton's collection. These one-hundred extraordinary examples are shown in color and b&w plates with descriptions in both English and Japanese.
321 pages, 10 x 14" hardcover with slipcase  $160.00
JAPANESE SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part I (31 Mar. 1992)
Christies catalog of the first Compton auction. The quality of Compton's collection and Christie's photography and documentation of it make this an important reference text. With realized prices list included.
429 pages, 8 x 11" soft cover w/jacket  $325.00

Interesting note - In this giant catalog and #2 all photos of the fittings including iron works are shown in full color.

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Read a report on the first Compton auction:
"A Cutting-Edge Collection Earns $7.9 Million at New York Auction."
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JAPANESE SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part II (22 Oct. 1992)
Christies catalog of the second Compton auction. The quality of Compton's collection and Christie's photography and documentation of it make this an important reference text. With realized prices list included.
235 pages, 8 x 11" soft cover w/jacket  $225.00

* The contents of all three Compton Auction catalogs are included in the JSS/US's Index to Literature.
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JAPANESE SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part III
(17 December 1992, New York)
Christies catalog of the final Compton auction.  The quality of Compton's collection and Christie's photography and documentation of it make this an important reference text. With realized prices list included.
122 pages, 8 x 11" soft cover w/jacket  $140.00
CA003: JAPANESE SWORDS & SWORD FITTINGS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WALTER A. COMPTON, part III (17 Dec. 1992)


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