328pp., 4to, very high quality printing, colour photos.throughout. 2015.

This very handsome study is written (in English!) by a Russian collector. He describes the book as follows: The book analyzes development of arms and armour in Caucasus between the sixteenth and the early twentieth centuries. It treats the subject in a rather general manner, dedicating its 328 large format pages to provide both the overall classification of Caucasian weapons, as well as to suggest ways in which one can date them and assign to them a specific origin. Well illustrated, with 213 photographs, including many unique, never before published items from both private and museum collections, it attempts to demonstrate all major forms of edged weapons and defensive armaments from this specific period. Most of the photographs were taken by well known still life photographers and are true works of art on their own. Though the book is in English, translations of figure captions into Russian are provided.

“Kirill Rivkin’s book, Arms and Armor of Caucasus, presents the most extensive, detailed, and comprehensive study of this subject available in English. As such it is an absolute necessity for collectors, curators, historians and anyone else interested in this fascinating material. In addition, this handsomely produced book will make a fine addition to private and institutional libraries as a reference work and guide to this understudied and, until now, poorly understood subject.”
Donald J. La Rocca Curator of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York