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 Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 6, pt. 1

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 6, pt. 1

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 6, pt. 2

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 6, pt. 2

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 8

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran v. 8

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō
Cover of Shinkajo

Shinkajo

心華帖
Cover of Shinkajo v. 1

Shinkajo v. 1

心華帖
Takada, Shinzō
Cover of Shinkajo v. 2

Shinkajo v. 2

心華帖
Takada, Shinzō
Cover of Shinkajo v. 3

Shinkajo v. 3

心華帖
Takada, Shinzō
Cover of Shinkoku Heika yol,dol,shul,

Shinkoku Heika yōdōshū

新刻・瓶花容導集
[publisher not identified]
[after 1797 before 1800]
Cover of Shinkoku Heika yōdōshū v. 1

Shinkoku Heika yōdōshū v. 1

新刻・瓶花容導集
Ikenobō, Senjō
[publisher not identified]
[after 1797 before 1800]
Cover of Shinkoku Heika yōdōshū v. 2

Shinkoku Heika yōdōshū v. 2

新刻・瓶花容導集
Ikenobō, Senjō
[publisher not identified]
[after 1797 before 1800]
Cover of Shinpen ranma hinagata

Shinpen ranma hinagata

新編欄間雛形
Suharaya Suzuki Shōtarō
Kaei 5 [1852]
Cover of Shinpen ranma hinagata v. 1

Shinpen ranma hinagata v. 1

新編欄間雛形
Ochiai, Norikuni
Suharaya Suzuki Shōtarō
Kaei 5 [1852]
Cover of Shinpen ranma hinagata v. 2

Shinpen ranma hinagata v. 2

新編欄間雛形
Ochiai, Norikuni
Suharaya Suzuki Shōtarō
Kaei 5 [1852]
Cover of Shinsen bai, chiku, ran kiku shifu

Shinsen bai, chiku, ran kiku shifu

新鐫梅竹蘭菊四譜
Cover of Shinsen bai, chiku, ran kiku shifu v. 1

Shinsen bai, chiku, ran kiku shifu v. 1

新鐫梅竹蘭菊四譜
Cover of Shinsen bai, chiku, ran kiku shifu v. 2

Shinsen bai, chiku, ran kiku shifu v. 2

新鐫梅竹蘭菊四譜
Cover of Shinsen heika zui

Shinsen heika zui

新撰瓶花圖彙
Yamanaka, Chūzaemon
[between 1698 and 1912?]
Cover of Shinsen moyō no shiori

Shinsen moyō no shiori

新撰模様乃志を李
Rokkaku, Shisui
Cover of Shoka zol,hin meikizu

Shoka zōhin meikizu

諸家藏品名器圖
Cover of Shoka zol,hin meikizu v. 1

Shoka zōhin meikizu v. 1

諸家藏品名器圖
Cover of Shoka zol,hin meikizu v. 2

Shoka zōhin meikizu v. 2

諸家藏品名器圖
Cover of Shoka zōhin meikizu v.3

Shoka zōhin meikizu v.3

諸家藏品名器圖
Cover of Shoshin ekagami

Shoshin ekagami

初心畵鑑
Katsushika, Hokusai
Heirindō
Tenpō 14 [1843]
Cover of Shotaika jinbutsu gafu

Shotaika jinbutsu gafu

諸大家人物畫譜 : 美術應用
Fukui, Gessai
Unsōdō
[1896?]
Cover of Shotaika kachō gafu

Shotaika kachō gafu

諸大家花鳥畫譜 : 美術應用
Fukui, Gessai
Ozawa Hyakkadō
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shul,bi gakan

Shūbi gakan

聚美畫鑒
Shibakawa Mataemon
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of Shūbi gakan v, 2

Shūbi gakan v, 2

聚美畫鑒
Nanbara, Sakujirō; Mutō, Inazō
Shibakawa Mataemon
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of Shūbi gakan v. 1

Shūbi gakan v. 1

聚美畫鑒
Nanbara, Sakujirō; Mutō, Inazō
Shibakawa Mataemon
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of Shul,chin gajol,

Shūchin gajō

聚珍畫帖
Katsumura Jiemon
Kyōwa 3 [1803]
Cover of Shūchin gajō v. 1

Shūchin gajō v. 1

聚珍畫帖
Ishikawa, Tairō; Kanō, Tan'yū
Katsumura Jiemon
Kyōwa 3 [1803]
Cover of Shūchin gajō v. 2

Shūchin gajō v. 2

聚珍畫帖
Ishikawa, Tairō; Kanō, Tan'yū
Katsumura Jiemon
Kyōwa 3 [1803]
Cover of Shūchin gajō v. 3

Shūchin gajō v. 3

聚珍畫帖
Ishikawa, Tairō; Kanō, Tan'yū
Katsumura Jiemon
Kyōwa 3 [1803]
Cover of Shul,ga hyakudai

Shūga hyakudai

習画百題
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shul,ga hyakudai v. 1

Shūga hyakudai v. 1

習画百題
Kawabata, Gyokushō
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shūga hyakudai v. 3

Shūga hyakudai v. 3

習画百題
Kawabata, Gyokushō
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shūga hyakudai v. 4

Shūga hyakudai v. 4

習画百題
Kawabata, Gyokushō
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shūga hyakudai v. 5

Shūga hyakudai v. 5

習画百題
Kawabata, Gyokushō
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shūga hyakudai v. 5

Shūga hyakudai v. 5

習画百題
Kawabata, Gyokushō
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shūga ichiran

Shūga ichiran

秀畫一覧
Katsushika, Hokusai; Maki, Bokusen; Taisō, active 1804-1829; Hokuō; Numata, Utamasa
Hishiya Kyūbe
[after 1818 before 1868]
Cover of Shūi Miyako meisho zue v. 2, pt. 1

Shūi Miyako meisho zue v. 2, pt. 1

拾遺・都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu

Shūko jisshu

集古十種
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 1

Shūko jisshu v. 1

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 10

Shūko jisshu v. 10

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 11

Shūko jisshu v. 11

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 12

Shūko jisshu v. 12

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 13

Shūko jisshu v. 13

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu v. 14

Shūko jisshu v. 14

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 15

Shūko jisshu v. 15

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 16

Shūko jisshu v. 16

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 17

Shūko jisshu v. 17

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 18

Shūko jisshu v. 18

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu v. 19

Shūko jisshu v. 19

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 2

Shūko jisshu v. 2

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 20

Shūko jisshu v. 20

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu v. 21

Shūko jisshu v. 21

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu v. 22

Shūko jisshu v. 22

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 23

Shūko jisshu v. 23

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 24

Shūko jisshu v. 24

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 25

Shūko jisshu v. 25

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 26

Shūko jisshu v. 26

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu v. 27

Shūko jisshu v. 27

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 28

Shūko jisshu v. 28

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 29

Shūko jisshu v. 29

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 3

Shūko jisshu v. 3

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 30

Shūko jisshu v. 30

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 31

Shūko jisshu v. 31

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 32

Shūko jisshu v. 32

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 33

Shūko jisshu v. 33

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 34

Shūko jisshu v. 34

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 35

Shūko jisshu v. 35

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 36

Shūko jisshu v. 36

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 37

Shūko jisshu v. 37

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shul,ko jisshu v. 38

Shūko jisshu v. 38

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 39

Shūko jisshu v. 39

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 4

Shūko jisshu v. 4

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 40

Shūko jisshu v. 40

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 41

Shūko jisshu v. 41

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 5

Shūko jisshu v. 5

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 6

Shūko jisshu v. 6

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 7

Shūko jisshu v. 7

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 8

Shūko jisshu v. 8

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūko jisshu v. 9

Shūko jisshu v. 9

集古十種
Matsudaira, Sadanobu
Cover of Shūzō Suiko meimeiden

Shūzō Suiko meimeiden

繡像水滸銘々傳
Kōkyōan Kasen; Taiso, Yoshitoshi
Cover of Soga benran

Soga benran

鹿畫便覧
Ōnogi Ichibē
Hōreki 11 [1761]
Cover of Soga benran v. 1

Soga benran v. 1

鹿畫便覧
Ōoka, Shunboku
Ōnogi Ichibē
Hōreki 11 [1761]
Cover of Soga benran v. 2

Soga benran v. 2

鹿畫便覧
Ōoka, Shunboku
Ōnogi Ichibē
Hōreki 11 [1761]
Cover of Soga benran v. 3

Soga benran v. 3

鹿畫便覧
Ōoka, Shunboku
Ōnogi Ichibē
Hōreki 11 [1761]
Cover of Soga haya-dehon

Soga haya-dehon

麁画早手本
Cover of Soga haya-dehon v. 1

Soga haya-dehon v. 1

麁画早手本
Ōishi, Matora
Cover of Soga haya-dehon v. 2

Soga haya-dehon v. 2

麁画早手本
Ōishi, Matora
Cover of Soga haya-dehon v. 3

Soga haya-dehon v. 3

麁画早手本
Ōishi, Matora
Cover of Soken gafu

Soken gafu

素絢畫譜
Yamaguchi, Soken
Noda Kasuke
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Soken sansui gafu

Soken sansui gafu

素絢山水畵譜
Cover of Soken sansui gafu c. 1, v. 1

Soken sansui gafu c. 1, v. 1

素絢山水畵譜
Yamaguchi, Soken
Cover of Soken sansui gafu c. 1, v. 2

Soken sansui gafu c. 1, v. 2

素絢山水畵譜
Yamaguchi, Soken
Cover of Soken sansui gafu c. 2, v. 1

Soken sansui gafu c. 2, v. 1

素絢山水畵譜
Yamaguchi, Soken
Cover of Soken sansui gafu c. 2, v. 2

Soken sansui gafu c. 2, v. 2

素絢山水畵譜
Yamaguchi, Soken
Cover of Sol,hitsu gafu

Sōhitsu gafu

草筆画譜
Cover of Sōhitsu gafu v. 1

Sōhitsu gafu v. 1

草筆画譜
Andō, Hiroshige
Cover of Sōhitsu gafu v. 2

Sōhitsu gafu v. 2

草筆画譜
Andō, Hiroshige

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