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On Damascus Steel

Figiel, Leo S.

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ISBN 10: 0962871109 / ISBN 13: 9780962871108
Published by Atlantis Arts Press, Atlantis, FL, 1991
Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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Stated first edition, 1991, paperback, quarto, 145pp., illustrated in color and b&w. Book VG+ with mild rubbing to wrap, hint of wear to corners, binding tight, text clean bright and unmarked. No DJ. Bookseller Inventory # B29214

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Title: On Damascus Steel

Publisher: Atlantis Arts Press, Atlantis, FL

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good+

Edition: First edition.

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The author reviews and summarizes the pertinent literature dealing with the historical, technical and artistic aspects of Oriental and Mechanical Damascus steel. Persian and Indian sword blades from 1600-1800, previously unpublished, Damascus gun barrels, and two blades of royal provenance are all featured. Mechanically contrived patterns such as the "Kirk-Narbudan" and more complex variants such as the "Rose" or combinations of the "Ladder and Rose" are also described and illustrated. Included is a chapter on pattern welded steels which includes a rare group of seventeenth and eighteenth century swords which exemplify the technical skills of Moghul and Indian blacksmiths.

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