Japanese Illustrated Books from the Edo and Meiji Periods

detail of a Japanese color print showing a small frog leaping into the water, with lilies and reeds

The Freer|Sackler Library's collection of illustrated Japanese rare books includes over 1,000 volumes previously owned by Charles Lang Freer. Often filled with color illustrations, many are by famous artists such as Andō Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai.  These beautiful woodblock printed works of art were published during the Edo and Meiji periods (1600-1912).  Another group of Japanese rare books more recently added to the Library's collections consists of 67 volumes of illustrated Meiji-period books collected by Robert O. Muller who also formed a superb collection of Japanese prints from the same period which he bequeathed to the Arthur M.Sackler Gallery. Both library book collections are ideal complements to the world renowned Gerhard Pulverer Collection of Illustrated Japanese Books which was acquired by the Freer Gallery of Art in 2007. The Pulverer Collection has been completely digitized and is available online. Unlike the European and American books on our website, Japanese rare books are scanned as two-page spreads to more clearly show the construction of the book and seamlessly display images which span two pages.

You may notice some pages and covers which seem to have white or light-colored decorative patterns behind the text. This is mica that has been applied to the paper. When holding the book, the mica will sparkle and be less and more noticeable depending on how the book is positioned relative to a light source. In person it would not appear to be uniformly light as shown in the digital images.

The Library’s digitization project was generously funded by the Anne van Biema Endowment Fund.

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Honchō gaka rakkan inpu

本朝畫家落欵印譜
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 27 [1894]

Honchō gasan

本朝畫纂
Tani, Bunchō
s.n
183-]

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]

Hōbun gafu

芳文畫譜
Kikuchi, Hōbun
Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 23 [1890]

Hōgajō

邦画帖
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]

Hōgajō

邦画帖
s.n
19--?]

Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami

抱一上人真蹟鏡
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]

Hōkō ihō zuryaku

豐公遺寳圖略
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 3 [1832]

Hyaku Fuji

百富士

Hyakunin isshu shōsei shō

百人一首鐘聲抄
Komogaki, Makuzu; Andō, Hiroshige
[publisher not identified]
[1836]

Hyakunin jorō shinasadame

百人女郎品定 : 繪草子
Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon
Kyōho 8 [1723]

Igyō sennin-zukushi

異形仙人徒くし
Urokogataya
Genroku 2 [1689]

Ikebana chisuji no fumoto

挿花千筋の麓 : 附錄之卷
Irie, Gyokusen; Kawamura, Minsetsu
Suharaya Ichibē
Meiwa 5 [1768]

Ikebana chiyo no matsu

生花千代迺枩
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]

Ikebana hayamanabi

生花早満奈飛
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]

Ikebana hinagata densho

生花雛形傳書
[Edo period, 1600-1868]

Ikebana hyakubeizu

生花百瓶圖 : 松月堂古流四季混雜
Maekawa Bun'eidō
[Bunsei 2, 1819 or after]

Ikebana rinpon

挿花臨本

Ikebana tebikigusa

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]

Ikebana tebikigusa

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流

Ikebanazu taisei

活華圖大成 : 青山御流儀
Udakaku Gihē
Bunka 5 [1808]

Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata

今様櫛〓雛形
Eijudō Nishimuraya Yohachi
Bunsei 6 [1823]

Inaka no tsuki

亥中之月 : Inaka-no-tsuki
Kōno, Bairei
Unsōdō
Meiji 22 [1889]

Inchū-ryū sōka kagami

允中流挿花鑑

Inrō fu

印籠譜
[publisher not identified]
[after 1717 before 1868]

Irohabiki monchō

いろは引紋帳
Tanaka, Kikuo
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 14 [1881]

Ise monogatari tōsho shō

伊勢物語頭書抄 : 絵入續曲
Hishikawa, Moronobu
Matsugai
Enpō 7 [1679]

Ishidōrō shukuzu

石燈籠縮圖

Issō hyakutai

一掃百態
Watanabe, Kazan

Itako zekku Shū

潮来絶句集
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[Kyōwa 2, 1802]

Itchō gafu

一蝶畫譜
Nishimura Sōshichi
Meiwa 7 [1770]

Itsukushima zue

嚴島圖會

Jōruri zue

淨瑠璃圖繪
Mishima, Bunken; Katsushika, Hokusai
[publisher not identified]
[after 1891 before 1912]

Kachō gaden

花鳥畫傳
Katsushika, Taito

Kachō gaden

花鳥畫傳
Katsushika, Taito

Kachō gafu

華鳥畫譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 36 [1903]

Kachō gafu

花鳥画譜 : 繪しまの浪
Fukui, Kōtei
Yamada Naosaburō
Meiji 31 [1898]

Kachō shashin zui

花鳥寫真圖彙
Nishimura Sōshichi
Bunka 2 [1805]

Kagetsu zushiki

花月圖式

Kaidō kyōka awase

海道狂歌合

Kaidō sōga

街道雙畫 : 全
Watanabe, Nangaku; Kawamura, Bunpō Ueda, Akinari
Yoshidaya Shinbē
Bunka 8 [1811]

Kaishien gaden

芥子園畫傳

Kan'yōsai gafu

寒葉齋畫譜
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]

Kanbō zue

冠帽圖會
Matsuoka, Tokikata; Matsuoka, Yukiyoshi

Kanga shinan v. 2

漢畫指南
Kawamura, Bunpō

Kannongyō wadanshō zue

觀音經和談鈔圖會

Kansai gafu

甘齋畵譜
Hatsudasho dō Shiten
Meiji 24 [1891]

Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishō

寬政五癸丑年大小

Karakusa moyō hinagata

唐草模樣雛形
Takizawa, Kiyoshi
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 17 [1884]

Keichō irai shintō bengi

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]

Keika hyakugiku

契花百菊
Yamada Naosaburō
<Meiji 26- [1893->

Library's set incomplete: v. 1 missing.

Keinen kachō gafu

景年花鳥画譜
hatsubaisha Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 24-25 [1891-1892]

Keinen shūgajō

景年習画帖
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-

Kenzan iboku

乾山遺墨
Ogata, Kenzan; Sakai, Hōitsu

Kihō gafu

琦鳳畵譜 : 全
Kawamura, Kihō
Bunchōdō Yoshida Shinbē
Bunsei 10 [1827]

Kinpaen gafu

金波園画譜
Kawamura, Bunpō

Kiso meisho zue

岐蘇名所圖會. 貳篇
Andō, Hiroshige; Kaien Umeaki Umenoya, Tsuruko
Shun'yūtei
Kaei 4 [1851]

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868

Kokon chadō zensho

古今茶道全書

Kokon kaji bikō

古今鍜治備考

Kokon meiba zui

古今名馬圖彙
[Kinkadō Nakamura Sasuke]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]

Kono hana

此花
Gazoku Bunko
Meiji 43-44 [1910-1911]

Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki

根本生花百華式
publisher not identified
after 1868?]

Koshū gafu

古秀画譜
Hatta, Koshū
Yoshidaya Shinbē
Bunka 9 [1812]

Kotō meitsukushi taizen

古刀銘盡大全
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]

Kōchō gafu

公長畫譜

Kōkai chadō

交會茶道 : 全

Kōkōkan gashō

畊香館畫賸
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Kinkadō
Kyōwa 2 [1802]

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Izumiya Shōjirō
Bunsei 9 [1826]

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Kinkadō
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]

Kōrin gashiki

光琳画式 : 全
Ogata, Kōrin; Aikawa, Minwa
Kikuya Kihē
Bunka 15 [1818]

Kōrin hyakuzu

光琳百圖
s.n
1826]

Kōrin hyakuzu

光琳百圖
s.n
not before 1868]

Kōrin manga

光琳漫畵 : 全
Ogata, Kōrin; Tatebayashi, Kakei
[Eirakuya Tōshirō]
[after Bunka 14 [1817]]

Kōrin manga

光琳漫畵
Ogata, Kōrin
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[after 1817]

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu

光琳新撰百啚
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]

Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu

甲陽生花百瓶圖
Saegusa Makuzu
[after after An'ei 3 [1774] before 1912]

Kundaikan sōchōki

君台観左右帳記
Sōami

Kuniyoshi zatsugashū

國芳雜画集
Utagawa, Kuniyoshi
Shinagawaya Kyūsuke
[1856]

Kyōchūzan

胸中山
Kameda, Bōsai
Suwaraya Shinbē
Bunka 6 [1809]

Kyōgetsubō

狂月坊
Ki, Sadamaru; Kitagawa, Utamaro

Kyōka gasanshū

狂歌画賛集
Dondontei Wataru; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
[between 1818 and 1830]

Kyōka Keikashū

狂歌桂歌集
Yotsuyaan Tsukiyoshi; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
[1829]

Kyōka man'eishū

興歌漫詠集 : 初編
Ashizono, Masana; Sansuiren Andō, Hiroshige

Kyōka momiji no hashi

狂歌紅葉の橋
Katsukawa, Shunchō; Hata, Kinkei
Tsutaya Jūzaburō
[ca. Kansei 2 [1790]

Kyōka ressen gazōshū

狂歌列仙画像集
Katsushika, Hokuga; Katsushika, Hokusai Goshatei Kizan Hōkien Kōkō
[publisher not identified]
[19th century?]

Kyōka rokurokushū

興歌六々集
Shakuyakutei Nagane; Andō, Hiroshige Totoya, Hokkei
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 11 [1840]

Kyōsai Manga

暁齋漫畫 : 初編
Kawanabe, Kyōsai
Makino Yoshibē
Meiji 14 [1881]

Kyō̈ka ehon Amanogawa

狂歌畫本阿まの川
Kitao, Shigemasa; Ishikawa, Masamochi
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[1791]

Kyūko zufu

求古圖谱
Takashima, Chiharu

Manji Ō sōhitsu gafu

卍翁艸筆画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai
Kinkōdō
[after Tenpō 14, 1843]

Meibutsuki

名物記

Meihitsu gahō

名筆畵寶
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]

Meijin ranchiku gafu

名人蘭竹畫譜
Nakazawa, Keizan
[publisher not identified]
[Bunka 1 [1804]]

Meika gafu

名家畵譜
Tōhekidō
[Bunka 11, 1814]

Meisho hokkushū

名所發句集

Min Shin shoga kanpu

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]

Minjin geirin meifu

明人藝林名譜

Minko nisso : [Genji monogatari shushaku]

岷江入楚 : [源氏物語注釈]
Edo period, 1600-1868.

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