SWORDS: AN ARTIST'S DEVOTION, by Ben Boos (Candlewick Press, 2008). In this nonfiction picture book, Ben Boos provides extensive descriptions and detailed illustrations of various (most?) swords throughout history.
A long-time afficonado of swords, Boos describes the blades themselves, the manner of their making, and their historical contexts. Readers will find themselves poring over both text and images of this fascinating book.