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I purchased his IJN BB book back in the day, but it was much less expensive.........
Fewer battleships ?
Takao Ishibashi, who is one of Japan's (and probably the world's) foremost IJN BB authorities. He is an older gentleman who has been at this for many decades. The cruiser book is actually a follow-up to his IJN BB book, which came out in 2008, IIRC.
These are very limited production run volumes (500 or 1500 units; can't quite remember) and meant for the hard core IJN-ophile. They are all line drawings, cutaway schematics, and tables. It's really a compendium. Some English caption subtitles and headings. This information is considered the most accurate and updated that is available.
I am fortunate in having obtained both.
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