German Swords of WWII a Photographic Reference by Thomas Johnson (Vol 1) Army- This is volume 1 of a four-volume set by Thomas M. Johnson, a leading collector and authoritative researcher, which has been compiled to serve as a useful and authoritative reference on the swords of Nazi Germany, and have been designed to aid not only the beginning collector, but also the seasoned advanced collector and specialist. These volumes are the result of many years of arduous research conducted on both sides of the Atlantic and are a scholarly study that is more than a perfunctory annotation and illustration of the known basic patterns. Also, the series is a study of a culture and the crafts that actually produced the blades, as well as being a manual in the art of collecting them. Within these books one will see coverage of the historical background; the manufacturing techniques; constructional information; the actual basic patterns; variations and rarities; the art of collecting, and a whole host of other salient facts of absorbing interest. This 224-page book has its dust jacket, and is in very good condition. This has been signed and personalized to the previous owner. No rubbing, or tearing, and the inside is very clean. Full of color and black and white photos.