The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Swords and Sabres

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Swords and Sabres

An Authoritative History and Visual Directory of Edged Weapons From Around the World, Shown in Over 600 Stunning Colour Photographs

Book - 2008
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Publisher: London : Lorenz Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780754818519
Branch Call Number: 623.441 WITHERS
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Alternative Title: Swords and sabres


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Feb 21, 2012

A book that can be judged by it's cover as it's interior pages are very similar. Almost an all ages book but not too bad for it.
In a more critical view it's a pity the swords aren't noted with their points of balance or their weights. Which wouldn't have taken up much space. Also it's strange that the Polish and Hungarian sabres are largely absent. Not only are these generally judged to be the greatest sabres ever made, but many of them were an interesting blend of the east and west. More understandable is the absence of Chinese and Japanese western style sabres, (the native styles are well covered) but it does make me wonder if the author prefers his East to be East and his West to be West. More odd is the absence of 20th century Allied blades when the German ones are included. Another mere six or so pages could have covered some glaring gaps. Still, a very good book of it's type.


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