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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Cover of Hokusai shasin gafu

Hokusai shasin gafu

北齋冩真画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai
[publisher not identified]
[Bunka 11, 1814]
Cover of Hokusai soga

Hokusai soga

北齋麁画
Cover of Honchol, gaka rakkan inpu

Honchō gaka rakkan inpu

本朝畫家落欵印譜
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 27 [1894]
Cover of Honchol, gasan

Honchō gasan

本朝畫纂
Tani, Bunchō
s.n
183-]
Cover of Honchol, gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Hol,bun gafu

Hōbun gafu

芳文畫譜
Kikuchi, Hōbun
Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 23 [1890]
Cover of Hol,gajol,

Hōgajō

邦画帖
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]
Cover of Hol,gajol,

Hōgajō

邦画帖
s.n
19--?]
Cover of Hol,itsu Shol,nin shinseki kagami

Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami

抱一上人真蹟鏡
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Hol,kol, ihol, zuryaku

Hōkō ihō zuryaku

豐公遺寳圖略
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 3 [1832]
Cover of Hyaku Fuji

Hyaku Fuji

百富士
Cover of Hyakunin isshu shol,sei shol,

Hyakunin isshu shōsei shō

百人一首鐘聲抄
Komogaki, Makuzu; Andō, Hiroshige
[publisher not identified]
[1836]
Cover of Hyakunin jorol, shinasadame

Hyakunin jorō shinasadame

百人女郎品定 : 繪草子
Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon
Kyōho 8 [1723]
Cover of Igyol, sennin-zukushi

Igyō sennin-zukushi

異形仙人徒くし
Urokogataya
Genroku 2 [1689]
Cover of Ikebana chisuji no fumoto

Ikebana chisuji no fumoto

挿花千筋の麓 : 附錄之卷
Irie, Gyokusen; Kawamura, Minsetsu
Suharaya Ichibē
Meiwa 5 [1768]
Cover of Ikebana chiyo no matsu

Ikebana chiyo no matsu

生花千代迺枩
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi

Ikebana hayamanabi

生花早満奈飛
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hinagata densho

Ikebana hinagata densho

生花雛形傳書
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Ikebana hyakubeizu

Ikebana hyakubeizu

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

Ikebana rinpon

挿花臨本
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa

Ikebana tebikigusa

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

Ikebana tebikigusa

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Cover of Ikebanazu taisei

Ikebanazu taisei

活華圖大成 : 青山御流儀
Udakaku Gihē
Bunka 5 [1808]
Cover of Imayol, kushi kiseru hinagata

Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata

今様櫛〓雛形
Eijudō Nishimuraya Yohachi
Bunsei 6 [1823]
Cover of Inaka no tsuki

Inaka no tsuki

亥中之月 : Inaka-no-tsuki
Kōno, Bairei
Unsōdō
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of Inchul,-ryul, sol,ka kagami

Inchū-ryū sōka kagami

允中流挿花鑑
Cover of Inrol, fu

Inrō fu

印籠譜
[publisher not identified]
[after 1717 before 1868]
Cover of Irohabiki monchol,

Irohabiki monchō

いろは引紋帳
Tanaka, Kikuo
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Ise monogatari tol,sho shol,

Ise monogatari tōsho shō

伊勢物語頭書抄 : 絵入續曲
Hishikawa, Moronobu
Matsugai
Enpō 7 [1679]
Cover of Ishidol,rol, shukuzu

Ishidōrō shukuzu

石燈籠縮圖
Cover of Issol, hyakutai

Issō hyakutai

一掃百態
Watanabe, Kazan
Cover of Itako zekku Shul,

Itako zekku Shū

潮来絶句集
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[Kyōwa 2, 1802]
Cover of Itchol, gafu

Itchō gafu

一蝶畫譜
Nishimura Sōshichi
Meiwa 7 [1770]
Cover of Itsukushima zue

Itsukushima zue

嚴島圖會
Cover of Jol,ruri zue

Jōruri zue

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

Kachō gaden

花鳥畫傳
Katsushika, Taito
Cover of Kachol, gaden

Kachō gaden

花鳥畫傳
Katsushika, Taito
Cover of Kachol, gafu

Kachō gafu

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

Kachō gafu

華鳥畫譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of Kachol, shashin zui

Kachō shashin zui

花鳥寫真圖彙
Nishimura Sōshichi
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kagetsu zushiki

Kagetsu zushiki

花月圖式
Cover of Kaidol, kyol,ka awase

Kaidō kyōka awase

海道狂歌合
Cover of Kaidol, sol,ga

Kaidō sōga

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

Kaishien gaden

芥子園畫傳
Cover of Kan'yol,sai gafu

Kan'yōsai gafu

寒葉齋畫譜
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kanbol, zue

Kanbō zue

冠帽圖會
Matsuoka, Tokikata; Matsuoka, Yukiyoshi
Cover of Kanga shinan v. 2

Kanga shinan v. 2

漢畫指南
Kawamura, Bunpō
Cover of Kannongyol, wadanshol, zue

Kannongyō wadanshō zue

觀音經和談鈔圖會
Cover of Kanrin gafu

Kanrin gafu

閑林畫譜
Okada, Kanrin
Hanabusa Daisuke
Kōka 2 [1845]
Cover of Kansai gafu

Kansai gafu

甘齋畵譜
Hatsudasho dō Shiten
Meiji 24 [1891]
Cover of Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishol,

Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishō

寬政五癸丑年大小
Cover of Karakusa moyol, hinagata

Karakusa moyō hinagata

唐草模樣雛形
Takizawa, Kiyoshi
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 17 [1884]
Cover of Keichol, irai shintol, bengi

Keichō irai shintō bengi

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

Keika hyakugiku

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

Library's set incomplete: v. 1 missing.

Cover of Keinen kachol, gafu

Keinen kachō gafu

景年花鳥画譜
hatsubaisha Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 24-25 [1891-1892]
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol,

Keinen shūgajō

景年習画帖
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Kenzan iboku

Kenzan iboku

乾山遺墨
Ogata, Kenzan; Sakai, Hōitsu
Cover of Kihol, gafu

Kihō gafu

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

Kinpaen gafu

金波園画譜
Kawamura, Bunpō
Cover of Kiso meisho zue

Kiso meisho zue

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

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868

Cover of Kokon chadol, zensho

Kokon chadō zensho

古今茶道全書
Cover of Kokon kaji bikol,

Kokon kaji bikō

古今鍜治備考
Cover of Kokon meiba zui

Kokon meiba zui

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

Kono hana

此花
Gazoku Bunko
Meiji 43-44 [1910-1911]
Cover of Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki

Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki

根本生花百華式
publisher not identified
after 1868?]
Cover of Koshul, gafu

Koshū gafu

古秀画譜
Hatta, Koshū
Yoshidaya Shinbē
Bunka 9 [1812]
Cover of Kotoura no hana

Kotoura no hana

琴浦乃華 : 花道家元未生御流
Eishinsai Zuiho; Matsukawa, Hanzan
Itamiya Zenbē
Keiō Itchū [1865]
Cover of Kotol, meitsukushi taizen

Kotō meitsukushi taizen

古刀銘盡大全
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kol,chol, gafu

Kōchō gafu

公長畫譜
Cover of Kol,kai chadol,

Kōkai chadō

交會茶道 : 全
Cover of Kol,kol,kan gashol,

Kōkōkan gashō

畊香館畫賸
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Izumiya Shōjirō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Kinkadō
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Kinkadō
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Kol,rin gashiki

Kōrin gashiki

光琳画式 : 全
Ogata, Kōrin; Aikawa, Minwa
Kikuya Kihē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Kol,rin hyakuzu

Kōrin hyakuzu

光琳百圖
s.n
1826]
Cover of Kol,rin hyakuzu

Kōrin hyakuzu

光琳百圖
s.n
not before 1868]
Cover of Kol,rin manga

Kōrin manga

光琳漫畵 : 全
Ogata, Kōrin; Tatebayashi, Kakei
[Eirakuya Tōshirō]
[after Bunka 14 [1817]]
Cover of Kol,rin manga

Kōrin manga

光琳漫畵
Ogata, Kōrin
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[after 1817]
Cover of Kol,rin shinsen hyakuzu

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu

光琳新撰百啚
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]
Cover of Kol,yol, ikebana hyakuheizu

Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu

甲陽生花百瓶圖
Saegusa Makuzu
[after after An'ei 3 [1774] before 1912]
Cover of Kundaikan sol,chol,ki

Kundaikan sōchōki

君台観左右帳記
Sōami
Cover of Kuniyoshi zatsugashul,

Kuniyoshi zatsugashū

國芳雜画集
Utagawa, Kuniyoshi
Shinagawaya Kyūsuke
[1856]
Cover of Kyol,chul,zan

Kyōchūzan

胸中山
Kameda, Bōsai
Suwaraya Shinbē
Bunka 6 [1809]
Cover of Kyol,getsubol,

Kyōgetsubō

狂月坊
Ki, Sadamaru; Kitagawa, Utamaro
Cover of Kyol,lka ehon Amanogawa

Kyōka ehon Amanogawa

狂歌畫本阿まの川
Kitao, Shigemasa; Ishikawa, Masamochi
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[1791]
Cover of Kyol,ka gasanshul,

Kyōka gasanshū

狂歌画賛集
Dondontei Wataru; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
[between 1818 and 1830]
Cover of Kyol,ka Keikashul,

Kyōka Keikashū

狂歌桂歌集
Yotsuyaan Tsukiyoshi; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
[1829]
Cover of Kyol,ka man'eishul,

Kyōka man'eishū

興歌漫詠集 : 初編
Ashizono, Masana; Sansuiren; Andō, Hiroshige
Cover of Kyol,ka momiji no hashi

Kyōka momiji no hashi

狂歌紅葉の橋
Katsukawa, Shunchō; Hata, Kinkei
Tsutaya Jūzaburō
[ca. Kansei 2 [1790]
Cover of Kyol,ka ressen gazol,shul,

Kyōka ressen gazōshū

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

Kyōka rokurokushū

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

Kyōsai Manga

暁齋漫畫 : 初編
Kawanabe, Kyōsai
Makino Yoshibē
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Kyul,ko zufu

Kyūko zufu

求古圖谱
Takashima, Chiharu
Cover of Manji Ol, sol,hitsu gafu

Manji Ō sōhitsu gafu

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

Meibutsuki

名物記
Cover of Meihitsu gahol,

Meihitsu gahō

名筆畵寶
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meijin ranchiku gafu

Meijin ranchiku gafu

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

Meika gafu

名家畵譜
Tōhekidō
[Bunka 11, 1814]

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