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

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Cover of Nisshin Sensol, emaki

Nisshin Sensō emaki

日清戦争繪卷
Shun'yōdō
Meiji 28 [1895]
Cover of Nisshin Sensō emaki v. 3

Nisshin Sensō emaki v. 3

日清戦争繪卷
Suzuki, Kason
Shun'yōdō
Meiji 28 [1895]
Cover of Nisshin Sensō emaki v. 4

Nisshin Sensō emaki v. 4

日清戦争繪卷
Suzuki, Kason
Shun'yōdō
Meiji 28 [1895]
Cover of Nōgaku zue

Nōgaku zue

能樂圖繪. 弌
Tsukioka, Kōgyo
Matsuki Heikichi
Meiji 30-33 [1897-1901]
Cover of Ocha no obegaki ; Chaso : sore suki to iu wa ; Chadōguzu : zen

Ocha no obegaki ; Chaso : sore suki to iu wa ; Chadōguzu : zen

御茶の覚書 ; 茶書 : 夫数寄というは ; 茶道具圖 : 全
Cover of Ogata-ryul, hyakuzu

Ogata-ryū hyakuzu

尾形流百圖
Cover of Ogata-ryū hyakuzu v. 1

Ogata-ryū hyakuzu v. 1

尾形流百圖
Nakano, Kimei
Cover of Ogata-ryū hyakuzu v. 2

Ogata-ryū hyakuzu v. 2

尾形流百圖
Nakano, Kimei
Cover of Ol,kyo gafu

Ōkyo gafu

應舉畵譜
Fujii Magobē
Meiji 26 [1893]
Cover of Ōkyo gafu v. 1

Ōkyo gafu v. 1

應舉畵譜
Maruyama, Ōkyo; Yamaguchi, Soken
Fujii Magobē
Meiji 26 [1893]
Cover of Ol,kyo gafu v. 2

Ōkyo gafu v. 2

應舉畵譜
Maruyama, Ōkyo; Yamaguchi, Soken
Fujii Magobē
Meiji 26 [1893]
Cover of Ōson fuga [i.e. gafu]

Ōson fuga [i.e. gafu]

鶯邨譜畫 [i.e. 畫譜]
Sakai, Hōitsu
Izumiya Shōjirō
[after Bunka 14 [1817] before 1868]
Cover of Ōson gafu

Ōson gafu

鶯邨畫譜
Sakai, Hōitsu
Cover of Rikka benran

Rikka benran

立花便覧
[publisher not identified]
[after 1695 before 1900?]
Cover of Rikka benran v. 1

Rikka benran v. 1

立花便覧
Shōryōzan
[publisher not identified]
[after 1695 before 1900?]
Cover of Rikka benran v. 2

Rikka benran v. 2

立花便覧
Shōryōzan
[publisher not identified]
[after 1695 before 1900?]
Cover of Rikka benran v. 3

Rikka benran v. 3

立花便覧
Shōryōzan
[publisher not identified]
[after 1695 before 1900?]
Cover of Rikka shōdōshū

Rikka shōdōshū

立華正道集
Jinkyūshi
Benshisai
[after Tenna 4 [1684]]
Cover of Rikyū-gata dōgu sunpō ezu

Rikyū-gata dōgu sunpō ezu

利休形道具寸法繪圖. 全
Seiami
Cover of Rokkakudol, Ikenobol, narabini montei rikka suna no mono zu

Rokkakudō Ikenobō narabini montei rikka suna no mono zu

六角堂池坊并門弟立花砂之物圖
Metogiya Kanbē
[after Kanbun 13 [1673] before 1868]
Cover of Rokkakudol, Ikenobol, narabini montei rikka suna no mono zu v. 1

Rokkakudō Ikenobō narabini montei rikka suna no mono zu v. 1

六角堂池坊并門弟立花砂之物圖
Ikai, Sanzaemon
Metogiya Kanbē
[after Kanbun 13 [1673] before 1868]
Cover of Rokkakudō Ikenobō narabini montei rikka suna no mono zu v. 2

Rokkakudō Ikenobō narabini montei rikka suna no mono zu v. 2

六角堂池坊并門弟立花砂之物圖
Ikai, Sanzaemon
Metogiya Kanbē
[after Kanbun 13 [1673] before 1868]
Cover of Saiga zushiki

Saiga zushiki

細画圖式 : 全四編
Katsushika, Isai
Shibaya Bunshichi
Genji 3 [1864]
Cover of Sanbyakkajō v. 1

Sanbyakkajō v. 1

三百箇條注解
Koizumi, Hyōgo

Sanbyakkajō

三百箇條注解
Cover of Sanbyakkajol,

Sanbyakkajō

三百箇条

Sanbyakkajō v. 1

三百箇条
Koizumi, Hyōgo
Cover of Sanbyakkajō v. 2

Sanbyakkajō v. 2

三百箇条
Koizumi, Hyōgo
Cover of Sanbyakkajō v. 2

Sanbyakkajō v. 2

三百箇條注解
Koizumi, Hyōgo
Cover of Sanbyakkajō v. 3

Sanbyakkajō v. 3

三百箇条
Koizumi, Hyōgo
Cover of Sanbyakkajō v. 3

Sanbyakkajō v. 3

三百箇條注解
Koizumi, Hyōgo
Cover of Santei gafu

Santei gafu

三體畫賦
Katsushika, Hokusai; Totoya, Hōkkei; Katsushika, Taito; Maki, Bokusen; Tōnansai Hokuun
Kadomaruya Jinsuke
Bunka 13 [1816]
Cover of Seihō jūni Fuji

Seihō jūni Fuji

棲鳳十二富士
Takeuchi, Seihō; Tanaka, Jirōkichi
Yamada Naosaburō
Meiji 27 [1894]
Cover of Seisen Matsuranfu

Seisen Matsuranfu

精選松籣譜 : 諸國盆栽寫真
Cover of Seisen Matsuranfu v. 1

Seisen Matsuranfu v. 1

精選松籣譜 : 諸國盆栽寫真
Fukami, Gyokuseidō; Ishikawa, Kanga
Cover of Seisen Matsuranfu v. 2

Seisen Matsuranfu v. 2

精選松籣譜 : 諸國盆栽寫真
Fukami, Gyokuseidō; Ishikawa, Kanga
Cover of Seitei kachol, gafu

Seitei kachō gafu

省亭花鳥画譜
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23 [1890]
Cover of Seitei kachol, gafu

Seitei kachō gafu

省亭花鳥画譜
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 1

Seitei kachō gafu v. 1

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 1

Seitei kachō gafu v. 1

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23 [1890]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 1

Seitei kachō gafu v. 1

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 2

Seitei kachō gafu v. 2

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 2

Seitei kachō gafu v. 2

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 2

Seitei kachō gafu v. 2

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23 [1890]
Cover of Seitei kachō gafu v. 3

Seitei kachō gafu v. 3

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachol, gafu v. 3

Seitei kachō gafu v. 3

省亭花鳥画譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of Seitei kachol,jol,

Seitei kachōjō

省亭花鳥帖
Watanabe, Seitei
Unsōdō
[not before 1889]
Cover of Seiwan chawa

Seiwan chawa

青灣茶話 : 附錄, 闘茶新式
Ōga Sōbē
Hōreki 6 [1756]
Cover of Seiwan chawa v. 1

Seiwan chawa v. 1

青灣茶話 : 附錄, 闘茶新式
Ōeda, Ryūhō
Ōga Sōbē
Hōreki 6 [1756]
Cover of Seiwan chawa v. 2

Seiwan chawa v. 2

青灣茶話 : 附錄, 闘茶新式
Ōeda, Ryūhō
Ōga Sōbē
Hōreki 6 [1756]
Cover of Seiwan chawa v. 3

Seiwan chawa v. 3

青灣茶話 : 附錄, 闘茶新式
Ōeda, Ryūhō
Ōga Sōbē
Hōreki 6 [1756]
Cover of Seizan goryul, ikebana senbei zushiki

Seizan goryū ikebana senbei zushiki

青山御流活花千瓶圖式 : 初編
Kinshōdō
Ansei 4 [1857]
Cover of Seizan goryū ikebana senbei zushiki v. 1

Seizan goryū ikebana senbei zushiki v. 1

青山御流活花千瓶圖式 : 初編
Mizutani, Yūga
Kinshōdō
Ansei 4 [1857]
Cover of Seizan goryul, ikebana senbei zushiki v. 2

Seizan goryū ikebana senbei zushiki v. 2

青山御流活花千瓶圖式 : 初編
Mizutani, Yūga
Kinshōdō
Ansei 4 [1857]
Cover of Seizan Goryul, ikebana tebikigusa

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa

青山御流活花手引種
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Seizan Goryul, ikebana tebikigusa v. 1

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 1

青山御流活花手引種
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 2

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 2

青山御流活花手引種
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 3

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 3

青山御流活花手引種
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 4

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 4

青山御流活花手引種
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 5

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa v. 5

青山御流活花手引種
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Sencha shiyōshū

Sencha shiyōshū

煎茶仕用集
Ōeda, Ryūhō
Cover of Senjō heikazu

Senjō heikazu

專定瓶苍圖
Ikenobō, Senjō
[publisher not identified]
[after 1820 before 1900]
Cover of Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō

Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō

千家新流挿花直枝法
Suwaraya Moheē
Meiwa 6 [1769]
Cover of Senke shinryul, sol,ka jikishihol,

Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō

千家新流挿花直枝法
Suwaraya Moheē
Meiwa 6 [1769]
Cover of Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō

Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō

千家新流挿花直枝法
Suwaraya Moheē
Meiwa 6 [1769]
Cover of Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō v. 1

Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō v. 1

千家新流挿花直枝法
Suwaraya Moheē
Meiwa 6 [1769]
Cover of Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō v. 4

Senke shinryū sōka jikishihō v. 4

千家新流挿花直枝法
Suwaraya Moheē
Meiwa 6 [1769]
Cover of Senkeiban zushiki

Senkeiban zushiki

占景盤圖式
Imazuya Tatsusaburō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Senkeiban zushiki v. 1

Senkeiban zushiki v. 1

占景盤圖式
Sumie, Buzen; Sumie, Aizan
Imazuya Tatsusaburō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Senkeiban zushiki v. 2

Senkeiban zushiki v. 2

占景盤圖式
Sumie, Buzen; Sumie, Aizan
Imazuya Tatsusaburō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Senryūdō gafu

Senryūdō gafu

濳龍堂畫譜
Takizawa, Kiyoshi; Hagiwara, Masanosuke
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 13 [1880]
Cover of Setsugetsushū

Setsugetsushū

雪月集
Cover of Shashin kachol, zue

Shashin kachō zue

冩眞花鳥圖會 : 二編
Cover of Shashin kachō zue v. 2

Shashin kachō zue v. 2

冩眞花鳥圖會 : 二編
Kitao, Shigemasa
Cover of Shashin kachō zue v. 3

Shashin kachō zue v. 3

冩眞花鳥圖會 : 二編
Kitao, Shigemasa
Cover of Shazanrō gahon

Shazanrō gahon

寫山樓畫本
Tani, Bunchō
Cover of Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kol,kai itchi

Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi

且座式花月式茶叓交會一致
Cover of Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi v. 1

Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi v. 1

且座式花月式茶叓交會一致
Naniwa Sanjin
Cover of Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi v. 2

Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi v. 2

且座式花月式茶叓交會一致
Naniwa Sanjin
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu

十竹齋書画譜
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 1

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 1

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 2

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 2

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 3

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 3

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 4

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 4

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 5

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 5

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 6

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 6

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 7

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 7

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 8

Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu v. 8

十竹齋書画譜
Hu, Zhengyan; Zhang, Xuegeng
[publisher not identified]
Guangxu Jimao [1879]
Cover of Shin bijin awase jihitsu kagami

Shin bijin awase jihitsu kagami

新美人合自筆鏡 : 吉原傾城
Santō, Kyōden
Kōshodō Tsutaya Jūzaburō
[Tenmei 4, 1784]
Cover of Shin zuan v. 12

Shin zuan v. 12

新図案
Nakayasu, Shinzaburō; Shin Zuankai.
Hakkōjo Shin Zuankai
Meiji 25 [1892]
Cover of Shin'an ishō chigozakura

Shin'an ishō chigozakura

新案意匠知古佐久良
Tanaka, Jihē
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shol,ran

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 1

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 1

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 2, pt. 1

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 2, pt. 1

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 2, pt. 2

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 2, pt. 2

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 2, pt. 3

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 2, pt. 3

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 3

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 3

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shol,ran v. 4

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 4

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 5

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 5

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō

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