Charles Lang Freer’s Library

Seven people dressed in early 1900's japanese and western clothing

In 1906, industrialist Charles Lang Freer gave his collection of Asian and American art and related materials in a gift that began the Freer Gallery of Art. This gift included books which are now in the National Museum of Asian Art Library. Mr. Freer’s personal library enables scholars to better understand not only Mr. Freer himself but also the Gallery’s art collections and the context in which many of the objects were acquired. Mr. Freer’s own handwritten comments, notes, and marginalia in many of the items provide insights as to his personal interests as he was building his art collection.

Cover of Catalogue of arms and armor of old Japan

Catalogue of arms and armor of old Japan

American Art Association; Matsuki, Bunkio,
The American Art Association]
1906
Cover of Catalogue of arms and armor of old Japan

Catalogue of arms and armor of old Japan

American Art Association; Matsuki, Bunkio,
American Art Association]
1905
Cover of Japan day by day, 1877, 1878-79, 1882-83

Japan day by day, 1877, 1878-79, 1882-83 v.1 (1917)

Morse, Edward Sylvester,
Houghton Mifflin Company
1917
Cover of Japan day by day, 1877, 1878-79, 1882-83

Japan day by day, 1877, 1878-79, 1882-83 v.2 (1917)

Morse, Edward Sylvester,
Houghton Mifflin Company
1917
Cover of Modern art at Venice and other notes

Modern art at Venice and other notes

Gallatin, A. E.
J. M. Bowles
1910
Cover of On the laws of Japanese painting

On the laws of Japanese painting

Bowie, Henry P.,
P. Elder and Company
[c1911]
Cover of Recollections and impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler

Recollections and impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler

Eddy, Arthur Jerome
J. B. Lippincott Co
1904, c1903
Cover of The Kélékian collection of ancient Chinese potteries

The Kélékian collection of ancient Chinese potteries

Getz, John; Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago
1917
Cover of Things Korean

Things Korean

Allen, Horace Newton
F. H. Revell Company
[c1908]