This book presents sword collection. The 31 swords and 6 bayonets are all Russian. This is clearly presented as a collection catalog and is not meant to be an overview of Russian swords through the ages. Photography by the author is extremely good, varied and coherent as a set. The text is very detailed and will be useful to collectors. It includes a list of marks found on Zlatoust weapons during the 1820-1946 period.