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ariel
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posted 08-11-2003 19:24     Click Here to See the Profile for ariel   Click Here to Email ariel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Several sellers on e-bay offer "Indian and Oriental Arms and Armour" by Egerton and "Oriental Armour" by H.Russell Robinson at starting bids of $30-40.
Both have been recently reprinted by Dover Publications and are offered on Amazon.com for princely sums of $13.97 and $11.97 new or as low as $7.99 used.
I got both; great books, especially the Egerton's one, with superb old fashioned illustrations and very comprehensive history of India. Just one correction: some references mention Zarkoe-Seloe. Naively, I thought at the beginning that it was some vaguely Persian-sounding name. Not so. Right in the introduction, Egerton mentions the Russian Imperial Collection in Zarkoye Selo. The correct spelling is, of course, Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village), the Tsar's estate and palace near St. Petersburgh. Morale: always start reading books from the beginning....
Strongly recommend both of these books to everybody interested in the topic.

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Jim McDougall
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Ariel,
Thanks so much for the heads up on these! Both are essential for serious weapons study and a must in every library. Egerton is cited often, while Robinson, despite its focus on armour, is loaded with important ancillary information and notes.
Very much appreciated!
Best regards, Jim

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Andrew
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posted 08-11-2003 21:40     Click Here to See the Profile for Andrew   Click Here to Email Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, Ariel. I've been looking for a copy of Egerton for some time.

How about turning this thread into a "recommended reading list", gentlemen? I'm greedily adding books to my library.

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mmontoro
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posted 08-11-2003 22:25     Click Here to See the Profile for mmontoro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On another ethnographic culture, but still a great deal, OAN Books has James Edge-Partington's " Ethnographical Album of the Pacific Islands" on sale for $90. This was originally a catalog of weapons from islands that had been primarily British colonies and is a great book for anyone interested in Oceanic clubs. I paid about twice this much for my copy on sale.
M.

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Andrew
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Incidently, Amazon has Lord Egerton's book listed by the wrong title: "Indian & Oriental Armour". The ISBN number is correct, however.

"An Historical Guide to Arms & Armour", by Stephen Bull is, I'm sure, well known to most forum members. However, I was just looking at my hardcover edition, and it is simply beautiful with many full color plates.

Andrew

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Andrew
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posted 08-14-2003 00:57     Click Here to See the Profile for Andrew   Click Here to Email Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
C'mon guys. Share!

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Antiques
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posted 08-14-2003 04:15     Click Here to See the Profile for Antiques   Click Here to Email Antiques     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Andrew,

You are right, we should share.
Here is my book list, should anyone be interested in the contents in one of the books let me know, and I will tell about the contents.

Books on weapons


ACTE-EXPO: Splendeur des Armes Orientales. Galerie ART, Paris 1988.

Akhtar, Dr. Nasim et al.: Islamic Art of India. Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia 2002.

Alexander, David: The Arts of War. The Nasser D.Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. Vol 21 The Nauer Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press 1992.

Ancient Weapons, From the Collection of the State History Museum. Moscow, 1993

Archer, Mildred, Christopher Rowell & Robert Skelton: Treasures from India. The Clive Collection. The National Trust 1987.

Archer, W.G.: Rajput Miniatures from the collection of Edwin Binney 3th. Portland Art Museum 1968. Portland Oregon.

Aziz, Abdul: Arms and Jewellery of Indian Moghuls, Lahor 1947.

Balsiger, Roger N., Kläy, Ernst J.: Bei Schah Emir und Kahn. Meier Verlag Schaffhausen 1992.

Beidatsch, Albrecht: Waffen des Orients. Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft München 1974.

Blochmann, H.: Â-ÎN-I-AKBARÎ. Vol. I-III. Delhi, reprint 2001.

Butterfield & Butterfield: The dr. Leo S.Figiel Collection of Mogul Arms. San Francisco 1998.

Cambell, Robin. Drew, Joanna: The Arts of Islam. Hayward Gallery, England 1976.

Chodynski, Antoni Romuald (ed.): Persian and Indo-Persian Arms and Armour of 16th – 19th Century from Polish Collection. Malbork, Poland 2000.

Clarke, C.Purdon: Indian Art in Marlborough House. London 1898.

Dam-Mikkelsen, Bente. Lundb¿k, Torben: Etnografiske genstande i Det kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1650-1800/Ethnographic Objects in The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1650-1800. Nationalmuseet, K¸benhavn 1980.

Diver, Maud: Royal India. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London. First printed 1942. Reprinted 1943.

Dwivedi, Sharada: Maharaja and the Princely States of India. Lustra Press Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India, 1999.

Egerton, Lord of Tatton: Indian and Oriental Armour. Arms and Armour Press, London. Reprint 1968.

Elgood, Robert: Islamic Arms and Armour. Scolar Press, London 1979.

Elgood, Robert: Firearms of the Islamic World. Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait, 1995.

Elliott and Snowdon Limited: Autumn Exhibition of Arms and Armour. London 1974.

Falk. Toby: Treasures of Islam.

Figiel, Leo S.: On Damascus Steel. Atlantis Arts Press, Florida 1991.

Flindt, Torben W.: Buduh – en Talisman. Offprint from Vaabenhistoriske Aarboger XIV, Copenhagen 1968.

Gottheiner, Till: Swords and Daggers of Indonesia. Spring Books, London.

Gundestrup, Bente: Det kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 I-II + registerbind/The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737 I-II + table of contents. Nationalmuseet og Nyt Nordisk Forlag Arnold Busck. K¸benhavn1991.

Haider, Syed Zafar: Islamic Arms and Armour of Muslim India. Bahadur Publishers. Lahore 1991.

Haxthausen, Otto: Vaaben-Konsten (heraldik). Naestved 1977.

Hendley, Thomas Holbein: Damascening on Steel or Iron, as Practised in India. London 1892.

Hendley, Thomas Holbein: The Rulers of India. And the Chiefs of Rajaputhana. First printed 1897, reprint 2001. Low Price Publications, Delhi.

Hendley, Thomas Holbein: Indian Jewellery. First published 1909, reprinted 1991, 1993, 1995. Low Price Publications, Delhi.

Hoff, Arne. Schepelern, H.D., Boesen, Gudmund: Royal Arms at Rosenborg I-II. Kobenhavn 1956.

Howard Ricketts: Exhibition of Arms & Armour and Associated Works of Art. London 1973.

Haas, Claus-Peter. Kröger, Jens: Oriental Splendour. Islamic Art from German Private Collections. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg 1993.

Ions, Veronica: Indian Mythology. Paul Hamlyn. First edition 1967, Third impression 1973.

Jacob, Alain: Les Armes Blanches Islam. I serien ABC Décor, Paris 1975.

Jacobsen, H.: Mogul-Kilidj’en. Offprint from Vaabenhistoriske Aarboger XVIII, Copenhagen 1972.

Keene, Manuel with Kaoukji: Treasury of the World, Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuweit National Museum.Cleveland Museum of Art, Thames & Hudson, 2001.

Larking, G.F.: Oriental Arms and Armour. Wallace Collection Catalogues, London 1964.

Leth, André: Islamske våben i dansk privateje/Islamic Arms and Armour from private Danish Collections. Davids Samling. Kobenhavn 1982.

Mayer, Leo Ary: Islamic Armourers and Their Works. Albert Kundig, Geneva 1962.

Musee de Tzarskoe-Selo, Armes et Armeures. St Petersborg 1856, reprint 1981.

North, Anthony: Islamic Arms, An Introduction to. Victoria & Albert Museum 1985.

Panseri, Carlo: Gladius: Damascus Steel in Legend and in Reality. Gladius, tome IV, Granada 1965.

Pant, G.N.: Catalogue of The Select Weapons Darbarhall Museum, Junagadh. Department of Museums Gujarat State 1966.

Pant, G.N.: Studies in Indian Weapons and Warfare. Army Educational Stores, New Delhi India 1970.

Pant, G.N.: Mughal Weapons in The Babur-Nama. Agam Kala Prakashan, Delhi 1989.

Paul, E. Jaiwant: By My Sword and Shield. Rolli Books 1995.

Robinson, H.Russell: Oriental Armour. Dover Publications Inc., New York. Reprint 2002.

Sotheby & Co: Catalogue of Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian Art. London 1973.

Sotheby & Co: Catalogue of Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan and South-East Asian Art. London 1974.

Sotheby & Co: Catalogue of Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian and South-East Asian Art also Decorative Islamic and Indian Art. London 1981.

Sotheby: Islamic, Himalayan and South-East Asian Art. London, April 1997.

Sotheby: Oriental Miniatures and Manuscripts, Antiquities, Islamic and Indian Art. London, April 1997.

Sotheby: The Indian Sale. London, May 1997.

Sotheby: Islamic Art. London, October 1997.

Sotheby: Antike Waffen und Militaria. Zürich, Dezember 2000.

Spink & Son: Islamic Art from India. London 1980.

Stone, George Cameron: A Glosary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armour. Reprint New York 1961.

Strong, Sir Roy: The Indian Heritage. Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule. Alpine Fine Arts Collection Ltd. New York 1984.

Vianello, Gianni: Armi in oriente. Fratelli Fabbri Editori 1966.

Våbenhistoriske Årb¸ger: Fabrikant E.A.Christensens våbensamling. Kobenhavn 1935.

Våbenhistoriske Årb¸ger: Zaky, A.Rahman: Nogle blankvåben på museet for islamsk kunst i Cairo. Kobenhavn 1966.

Våbenhistoriske Årb¸ger: Rawson, P.S.: The Indian Sword. Kobenhavn 1967.

Våbenhistoriske Årboger: Hoffmeyer, Ada Bruhn: Gammelt jern/E.A.Christensens våbensamling. Kobenhavn 1968.

Våbenhistoriske Årboger: Hummelberger, Walter: Die Türkenbeute im Historischen Museum der Stadt Wien das 17. Jahrhundert. Kobenhavn 1969.

Våbenhistoriske Årboger: Hummelberger, Walter: Die Türkenbeute im Historischen Museum der Stadt Wien das 18. und 19. Jahrhundert. Kobenhavn 1970.

Våbenhistoriske Årboger: Jacobsen, Holger: Mogul-kilidj’en. Kobenhavn 1972.

Våbenhistoriske Årboger: Sk¸tt, Ole: Helge Brons Hansens våbensamling. Kobenhavn 1989.

Watt, George: Indian Art at Delhi 1903. Being the Official Catalogue of the Delhi Exhibition 1902-1903. Delhi 1903, reprint 1987.

Welch, Stuart Cary: Imperial Mughal Painting. Chatto & Windus, London 1978.

Zeller, R.: Orientalisches Sammlung Henri Moser-Charlottenfels. Beschreibender Katalog der Waffensamlung. Bern 1955.

Zeller, R.: Jahresbericht über die Ethnographische Sammlung in Bern. 1924.

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Andrew
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posted 08-20-2003 11:23     Click Here to See the Profile for Andrew   Click Here to Email Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't believe I missed this one.

Wow! Excellent list, Jens. Thank you, again.

Anyone else?

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Andrew
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posted 08-20-2003 11:48     Click Here to See the Profile for Andrew   Click Here to Email Andrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to take the liberty of re-posting a post Mark Bowditch kindly made at my request on another thread:

quote:
Now that I am finally in the same room with both my computer and my library, here is a list of my thus-far pretty meager resources. I still have a lot of ground to cover, so there isn't much to it.
For SEA history, "The Cambridge Histroy of Southeast Asia," Cambridge University Press, 1992, 1999. Like the rest of the "Cambridge History" series, this is a series of chapters by experts in the respective fields and areas, and is a very comprehensive source that treats the region as a whole rather than according to modern nation-state boundries. Its major drawback is the tendency to be topical rather than chronological, which for my purposes complicates things.

For art, and a little history, Munsterberg, "Art of India and Southeast Asia," Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1970; and Rawson, "The Art of Southeast Asia," Thames & Hudson, London, 1967, New York, 1990. Both are pretty good, but neither goes terribly in-depth. A few good pictures, though ("good" meaning helpful in figuring out the dha story -- overall the illustrations are very good). I took a course in Indian art in college (actually covered Ceylon, Nepal, Pakistan, Afganistan, etc. -- "Indian" sphere of cultural influence), which is where I picked up a lot about Buddhist and Hindu art. No textbook unfortunately.

There are very small bits on the dha in Stone's "Glossary," Burton's "Book of the Sword," and in the book "Swords and Hilted Weapons" by Michael D. Coe et al., Prion Books, Ltd., London, 1989, republished by Barnes & Noble Books, 1993. This last one has beautiful illustrations, by the way, but only one of a dha.

Also, do not overlook National Geographic as a wonderful source of photos of places like Angkor, Pagan, Pegu and such as well as of people and costumes (available on CD -- I still need to get pre-1970 unfortunately).

Some books that I have seen referenced and that appear worth reading, but which I have not yet read, are: Charles B.-Maybon, "Histoire Moderne du Pays d'Annam (1592-1820), Paris, 1919; V. Sangermano, "A Description of the Burmese Empire," trans. W. Tandy, Rome, 1818, reprinted London, 1966; Phayre, Arthur P., "History of Burma from the Earliest Times to the End of the First War with British India," 1883, reprinted New York, 1969; "Burmese Invastions of Siam," in "J. Siam Society, Selected Articles," vol. 5, part 1, Bangkok, 1959. I'll probably have to go the Library of Congress for some of this stuff ...



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Roro
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Hey guys, this seems like the thread to ask for a little help. I have an aquaintance that is trying to find Mr. Cato of Moro Swords. Does anyone know him or have a contact or know if he is still alive? Also does anyone remember what the final price the recent copy on ebay went for?

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nechesh
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Hey Roro, as i seem to recall, the last time Cato's book was on ebay it sold for a little less than the $125 i paid for my copy. But it sold for well over $200 the time before. I don't think contacting Cato would do much good, though i could be wrong.
For what it's worth, here's a list of my books on keris and related subjects:

"The World of the Javanese Keris", Garrett & Bronwen Solyom. ***** A must have primer.

"The Kris: an earthly approach to a cosmic symbol", David van Duuren.***** Another good primer with good color photos. Sensible approach, though perhaps a bit too western.

"Krisses: a critical bibliography", David van Duuren.***1/2 Van Duuren catalogs and reviews most of the known writings on the keris.

"Moro Sword", Robert Cato.****1/2 All that's really been published on these extraordinary weapons, but the picture quality isn't very good (at least in my copy; too dark with alot of lost detail) and there could be many more close-ups for my money.

"The Invincible Krises", Vanna & Mario Ghiringhelli. **** A beautifully illustrated little book with some of the best photographs of keris i have seen. Too bad it is such a small volume (about 4 1/2 X 5 1/2). Only about 10 pages of text.

"Swords and Daggers of Indonesia", Vaclav Solc. ** If you are interested in book arts this is a cleverly put together volume. If not, remove a star and don't bother.

"The Kris: mystic weapon of the Malay world", Edward Frey. ***** Another very good primer with lots of good info. Could be better illustrated.

"The Keris and Other Malay Weapons", Various authors, MBRAS. **** A collection of articles by writers. Lots of coflicting and inaccuated info on things like the names of blade parts, but also filled with solid stuff as well.

"Bali: Sekala & Niskala, Vol.I ", Fred Eiseman Jr. ***** Not specifically about keris, but to understand keris one must understand the people who create it.

"Visible & Invisible Realms" Margaret Wiener. ***** Again, not specifically about keris, but invaluable to its understanding and the understanding of the transference of power in old Bali and by extention Jawa. I will say it is not an easy read, but well worth the difficulty.

"Court Arts of Indonesia", Helen Jessup. ***** This is an absolutely georgeous coffee table edition filled with the brilliant arts of Indonesia in all their forms, with photos and text on a few extraordinary keris. I find it very informative to see the way various Indonesian motifs are repeated in keris, textiles, architecture, etc.

Books i am still hoping to obtain :

"De Kris: Magic Relic of Old Indonesia, Vol. I, II, & III", Tammens

"Malay Magic: an introduction to the folklore and popular religion of the Malay peninsula", Walter W. Skeat

"Stone's Glossary" Yeah, yeah, i know, no i don't have this one yet!

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Federico
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The person to contact about finding copies Moro Swords, would not be Mr. Cato, but the publisher Graham Brash. Mr. Cato has very little control over the publisher.

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john
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quote:
Originally posted by nechesh:
....here's a list of my books on keris and related subjects:

"The World of the Javanese Keris", Garrett & Bronwen Solyom. ***** A must have primer...


Solyom's little book has been most highly recommended by keris experts and I hope Mick would not skin me for letting this out...

How many keris enthusiasts here know that the MODEL KERIS Yosopangarso and Djeno emulated to make the keris commissioned by Solyom documented in that book is owned by our member Mick? Maybe I should loan it from Mick to commission a piece for myself.

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Roro
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quote:
Originally posted by Federico:
The person to contact about finding copies Moro Swords, would not be Mr. Cato, but the publisher Graham Brash. Mr. Cato has very little control over the publisher.

I'm not really looking for a copy from Mr. Cato (I'm working on our fellow new member ibeam for that ), I'm trying to help an aquaintance in contacting Mr. Cato, for academic reasons I think, but I don't personally have a contact or even know if he is still living.

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Federico
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Roro I can assure you that at least as of last X-mas he was alive.

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Jim McDougall
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The book list posted by Antiques is one of the most comprehensive bibliographies I've seen in one listing!!! He and Andrew suggest that we compile complete and standardized list here on our site and organize it as a reference guide .....an excellent idea!

As the membership and readers here have an amazing range of specialization, it would be great if everyone could include thier most important references with,
1. Author
2. Title
3. Publisher, country, year
4. description, brief but up to 4 lines

It seems often in research, just finding the title of a reference is half the battle.
I have always been very lucky with interlibrary efforts at finding both titles and obscure articles. Usually its a good idea to actually see the book before the often hefty cash outlay in purchase, to see if the content is what you are seeking.
If not, this is the place to post queries for specific information out of these titles to members who might have the reference.

Looking forward to more titles!

Roro,
If you are familiar with Fred Coluzzi of Fredericks Swords, possibly he might be able to forward a letter for you. In the past he has dealt pretty regularly with Mr. Cato, and offered some of the swords from Mr.Catos collection in some of his catalogs.

If not, a letter sent to the publisher with postage etc. to be forwarded to him also works. I have often reached authors this way, and they are generally more than happy to respond to academic questions.

Best regards, Jim

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RhysMichael
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Is the Egerton book the same as this one ?

Egerton, Wilbrahim, AN ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK OF INDIAN ARMS AND THOSE OF NEPAL, BURMA, THAILAND, MALAYA..., London 1880 (repr. Bangkok: White Orchid Press 1981)

If so I have been looking for a copy for a long while ..


I am also still seeking a copy if

Buttin, Charles, CATALOGUE DE LA COLLECTION D'ARMES ANCIENNES EUROPEENNES ET ORIENTALES DE CHARLES BUTTIN, Rumilly 1933

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Lee Jones
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A Description of Indian and Oriental Armour, published in 1896, was the second and expanded edition of Lord Egerton's Illustrated Handbook of Indian Armsfrom 1880.

There was also a 1968 Stackpole Books reprint of the 1896 edition.

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RhysMichael
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Mine is on order now. Thanks Ariel and Lee

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Andrew
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I've finally brought my books home from the office, and have some time to write (nap time for the kids ). Here is my small library. Most of the weapons titles are mainstream and probably well known to most members. Some of the SEA titles Mark has kindly suggested.

MISC. WEAPONS

Robert L. O'Connell
Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the Present
The Free Press, USA, 2002
ISBN 0-684-84407-9
From the back cover: "A sweeping history of weapons-their origins and impact on warfare and society-from prehistory to the present..."

Kanzan Sato (translation by Joe Earle)
The Japanese Sword: A comprehensive Guide
Kodansha International, USA, 1983
ISBN 0-87011-562-6
A nice introduction to the history of the Japanese sword by one of Japan's foremost experts. Many beautiful photos, including color and b/w. Contains a detailed study of some of Japan's most treasured swords.

George Cameron Stone
A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times
Dover Publications, Inc., USA, 1999
ISBN 0-486-40726-8
The classic reference source for arms and armor. A bit dated and, some say, tainted by colonialistic perspective and incomplete research, but still one of the very best "one stop shopping" guides for the amateur or expert.

The Diagram Group
Weapons: An International Encyclopedia from 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
St. Martin's Press, USA, 1980,1990
ISBN 0-312-03950-6
An basic but ambitious guide to the "entire history of weapons". Nice illustrations.

Steven Bull
An Historical Guide to Arms & Armor
Facts On File, Inc., USA, 1991
ISBN 0-8160-2620-3
From the back cover: "In this authoritative guide, Stephen Bull describes armor and arms from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the early nineteenth century." Large, coffe-table sized book with hundreds of gorgeous photos of weapons and armor. Nice book, but the editor's cover quote is a bit optimistic.

Richard F. Burton
The Book of the Sword
Dover Publications, Inc., USA, 1987
ISBN 0-486-25434-8
From the back cover: "Spanning the centuries and a wide range of cultures, Burton's rich and elegant prose illuminates the sword as both armament and potent symbol...Drawing on a wealth of literary, archaeological, anthropological, linguistic and other sources, the author traces the sword's origins, from its birth as a charred and sharpened stick, through its diverse stages of developement, to its full growth in the early Roman Empire."

John M. Yumoto
The Samurai Sword: A Handbook
Charles E. Tuttle Company, USA, 1958, 1997
ISBN 0-8048-0509-1
One of the first English language sources on the Japanese sword. Good introduction for the neophyte.

E. Ewart Oakeshott
The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivlary
Dover Publications, Inc., USA, 1996
ISBN 0-486-29288-6
From the back cover: "Premodern weapons of war receive a tremendously detailed and thorough accounting in this volume--the work of a noted authority on medieval arms in Europe. Covering a period of 30 centuries, the study, like a richly woven tapestry, vividly describes the development of arms and armor--beginning with the weapons of the prehistoric Bronze and Iron Ages, through the breakup of the Roman Empire and the great folk-migrations of the period; the age of the Vikings; and finally, the Age of Chivalry."

H. Russel Robinson
Oriental Armour
Dover Publications, Inc., USA, 1967, 1995
ISBN 0-486-41818-9
From the back cover: "Students of arms and armour will welcome this detailed, scholarly study of defensive armour used in the Middle East and Asia, from the scale armour of ancient Egypt to Japanese "modern" armour of the 19th century."

Lord Egerton of Tatton
Indian and Oriental Arms and Armour
Dover Publications, Inc., USA, 2002
ISBN 0-486-42229-1
A paperback, unabridged republication of the 1968 edition Indian and Oriental Armour, in turn a reproduced facsimile of the 1896 edition of A Description of Indian and Oriental Armour, the second, revised and expanded edition of An Illustrated Handbook of Indian Arms, published in 1880. From the back cover: "Long a sourcebook of vital information on the military history of India, this work was originally compiled in the late nineteenth century to catalog Indian and Oriental arms and armor for a British museum."

SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

Nicholas Tarling (Editor)
The Cambidge History of Southeast Asia, Volume One, Part One: From early times to c. 1500
Cambridge University Press, UK, 1992, 1999
ISBN 0-521-66369-5
From the back cover: "...the definitive history of the region. Its extensive coverage of the social, economic, political and religious life of Southeast Asia continues to be of benefit for scholars, students and general readers."

Nicholas Tarling (Editor)
The Cambidge History of Southeast Asia, Volume One, Part Two: From c. 1500 to c. 1800
Cambridge University Press, UK, 1992, 1999
ISBN 0-521-66370-9

Nicholas Tarling (Editor)
The Cambidge History of Southeast Asia, Volume Two, Part One: From c. 1800 to the 1930's
Cambridge University Press, UK, 1992, 1999
ISBN 0-521-66371-7

Nicholas Tarling (Editor)
The Cambidge History of Southeast Asia, Volume Two, Part Two: From World War II to the present
Cambridge University Press, UK, 1992, 1999
ISBN 0-521-66372-5

Milton Osborne
Southeast Asia: An Introductory Hisory
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 1995
ISBN 1-86373-823-1
From the back cover: "Southeast Asia, now in a fully revised and updated sixth edition, has been the most widely read introduction to the region for over a decade and retains its reputation as a highly readable survey of Southeast Asia's modern history. Clearly written and extensively illustrated with maps, prints and photographs..."

Charles F. Keyes
The Golden Peninsula: Culture and Adaptation in Mainland Southeast Asia
University of Hawai'i Press, USA, 1995
ISBN 0-8248-1696-X
From the back cover: "...long been recognized as the best all-around introduction to the diverse cultural traditions found in Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam...combines analysis of traditional cultural practices with examination of cultural conflict in the colonial and post colonial periods...unique in providing a detailed examination of urban life as well as life in rural communities."

Mary Somers Heidhues
Southeast Asia: A concise History
Thames & Hudson, Ltd., UK, 2000
ISBN 0-500-28303-6
From the back cover: "...covers the history of Southeast Asia from the earliest prehistoric peoples to the emergence of high-tech "tiger economies," continuing struggles for democracy, and the environmental threat posed by pollution and deforestation. Filed with maps and illustrations, this lively book will appeal to historians, travelers, students and everyone who wants to know more about this fascinating part of the world."

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART

Philip Rawson
The Art of Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Java, Bali
Thames & Hudson, UK, 1967
ISBN 0-500-20060-2
From the back cover: "Philip Rawson's comprehensive, authoritative account surveys a vast array of works of art in every category, from massive architectural complexes to tiny bronzes; from well-known wonders of the eatern world such as Angkor Thom and Angkor Vat, to a host of less familiar temples, pagodas, shrines and sites."

Kristin Kelly
The Extraordianary Museums of Southeast Asia
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., USA, 2001
ISBN 0-8109-2994-5
From the back cover: "This superbly illustrated guide introduces 30 of the most unusual, intriguing, and exotic museaums to be found on the mainland of Southeast Asia, including collections in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam."

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ANTHROPOLOGY

David Bradley, Paul Lewis, Nerida Jakey, Christopher Court
Hill Tribes Phrasebook
Lonely Planet Publications, Australia, 1999
ISBN 0-86442-635-6
Intended, primarily as an English language translation of common phrases and sayings in various SEA hilltribe languages, this small, pocket-sized book also provides some interesting history, culture and maps of the region.

Paul and Elaine Lewis
Peoples of the Golden Triangle: Six tribes in Thailand
Thames and Hudson Ltd., UK, 1998
ISBN 0-500-97472-1
A beautifully photographed study of the culture and history of Thai hilltribes.

Richard K. Diran
The Vanishing Tribes of Burma
Amphoto Art, USA
ISBN 0-8174-5559-0
A beautiful, coffe-table size book with hundreds of photos taken by the author on his travels through modern Myanmar. Provides a nice summary of the hilltribe cultures, history and geography.

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