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 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]
Cover of Meisho hokkushul,

Meisho hokkushū

名所發句集
Cover of Midarekazari , Daitemoku , Bonten , Chaso Juko den , Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari - tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Mikawa gofudoki

Mikawa gofudoki

三河御風土記 : 實録譚
Sawa, Hisajirō
Cover of Min Shin shoga kanpu

Min Shin shoga kanpu

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu

Minjin geirin meifu

明人藝林名譜
Cover of Minko nisso - Genji monogatari shushaku

Minko nisso : [Genji monogatari shushaku]

岷江入楚 : [源氏物語注釈]
Edo period, 1600-1868.
Cover of Miyako meisho zue

Miyako meisho zue

都名所圖會
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishol, zue

Miyako rinsen meishō zue

都林泉名勝圖會
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishol, zue - zenbu rokusatsu

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmol, zui

Morokoshi kinmō zui

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmol, zui

Morokoshi kinmō zui

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Cover of Morokoshi meishol, zue

Morokoshi meishō zue

唐土名勝圖會
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Nanga kachol, gafu

Nanga kachō gafu

南画花鳥畫譜
Watanabe, Gentai; Zhou, Zhimian; Chen, Jiayan
Hatsubaimoto Shōzandō Shoten
Taishō 7 [1918]
Cover of Neko no tsuma chul,gi no tsurebiki

Neko no tsuma chūgi no tsurebiki

猫児牝忠義合奏
Takizawa, Bakin; Utagawa, Toyokuni
Tsuruya Kijūrō
Tenpō 16 [1845]
Cover of Nezashi takara

Nezashi takara

直指寳
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nihon meibutsu gasan kyol,kashul,

Nihon meibutsu gasan kyōkashū

日本名物画賛狂歌集
Katsushika, Taito; Bunbunsha Kanikomaru
[publisher not identified]
[Bunsei-Tenpō periods [1818-1844]]
Cover of Nihon saijiki kyol,kashul,

Nihon saijiki kyōkashū

日本歲時記狂歌集
Katsushika, Hokusai; Bunbunsha Kanikomaru; Katsushika Sōren.
[publisher not identified]
[beteween 1804 and 1818]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue

Nihon sankai meisan zue

日本山海名産圖會
Cover of Nise Murasaki inaka Genji. Dai 23-24-hen

Nise Murasaki inaka Genji. Dai 23-24-hen

偐むらさき田舎げんじ. 第廿三-廿四編
Ryūtei, Tanehiko; Utagawa, Kunisada
Tsuruya Kiemon
[1837?-1839?]
Cover of Nisshin Sensol, emaki

Nisshin Sensō emaki

日清戦争繪卷
Shun'yōdō
Meiji 28 [1895]
Cover of Nol,gaku 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 , Chadol,guzu - 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 Ol,kyo gafu

Ōkyo gafu

應舉畵譜
Fujii Magobē
Meiji 26 [1893]
Cover of Ol,son 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 Ol,son 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 shol,dol,shul,

Rikka shōdōshū

立華正道集
Jinkyūshi
Benshisai
[after Tenna 4 [1684]]
Cover of Rikyul,-gata dol,gu sunpol, 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 Saiga zushiki

Saiga zushiki

細画圖式 : 全四編
Katsushika, Isai
Shibaya Bunshichi
Genji 3 [1864]
Cover of Sanbyakkajol,

Sanbyakkajō

三百箇条
Cover of Sanbyakkajol,

Sanbyakkajō

三百箇條注解
Cover of Santei gafu

Santei gafu

三體畫賦
Katsushika, Hokusai; Totoya, Hokkei; Katsushika, Taito; Maki, Bokusen; Tōnansai Hokuun
Kadomaruya Jinsuke
Bunka 13 [1816]
Cover of Seihol, jul,ni 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 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 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 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 Goryul, ikebana tebikigusa

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa

青山御流活花手引種
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of Sencha shiyol,shul,

Sencha shiyōshū

煎茶仕用集
Ōeda, Ryūhō
Cover of Senjol, heikazu

Senjō heikazu

專定瓶苍圖
Ikenobō, Senjō
[publisher not identified]
[after 1820 before 1900]
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 Senkeiban zushiki

Senkeiban zushiki

占景盤圖式
Imazuya Tatsusaburō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Senryul,dol, gafu

Senryūdō gafu

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

Setsugetsushū

雪月集
Cover of Shashin kachol, zue

Shashin kachō zue

冩眞花鳥圖會 : 二編
Cover of Shazanrol, 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 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 ishol, 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 Shinkajo

Shinkajo

心華帖
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 Shinpen ranma hinagata

Shinpen ranma hinagata

新編欄間雛形
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 heika zui

Shinsen heika zui

新撰瓶花圖彙
Yamanaka, Chūzaemon
[between 1698 and 1912?]
Cover of Shinsen moyol, 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 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 kachol, 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 Shul,chin gajol,

Shūchin gajō

聚珍畫帖
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. 5

Shūga hyakudai v. 5

習画百題
Kawabata, Gyokushō
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Shul,ga 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 Shul,i 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 Shul,zol, 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 haya-dehon

Soga haya-dehon

麁画早手本
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 Sol,hitsu gafu

Sōhitsu gafu

草筆画譜
Cover of Sol,ka hyakki

Sōka hyakki

挿花百規
Ikenobō, Senjō
publisher not identified
1820]
Cover of Sol,ka matsu no midori

Sōka matsu no midori

挿花松の翠
Ganshōsai Itchō; Sawa, Sessai; Akizuki, Korehide
Izumiya Shōjirō
Bunsei 10 [1827]]
Cover of Sumol, shol,setsu katsu kongol,den

Sumō shōsetsu katsu kongōden

角觝詳說活金剛傅
Utei, Enpa; Utagawa, Kuninao; Utagawa, Kunimaru
[publisher not identified]
[Bunsei 5, 1822]
Cover of Taima mandara sol,gensho

Taima mandara sōgensho

當麻曼荼羅搜玄疏
Sawada Kichizaemon
Meiwa 9 [1772]
Cover of Tansei ippan

Tansei ippan

丹青弌斑
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 27 [1894]-
Cover of Teito gakei ichiran

Teito gakei ichiran

帝都雅景一覽
Cover of Tenrei jittai senjimon

Tenrei jittai senjimon

篆隷十體千字文
Sun, Xian; Wang, Ji; Zhou, Xingsi
Wakabayashi Kihē shi
Bunka 14 [1817]
Cover of Tobae ol,gi no mato

Tobae ōgi no mato

鳥羽繪扇乃的
Kawachiya Eisuke
Tenmei 8 [1788]
Cover of Tokai setsuyol, hyakkatsul,

Tokai setsuyō hyakkatsū

都會節用百家通
Takayasu, Rooku; Kama, Shōka; Niwa, Tōkei; Tsurumine, Shigenobu
Cover of Tokaido gojusantsugi

Tokaido gojusantsugi

東海道五十三次
Andō, Hiroshige
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]
Cover of Tokaido gojusantsugi

Tokaido gojusantsugi

東海道五十三次
Andō, Hiroshige
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Tokaido gojusantsugi zokuga

Tokaido gojusantsugi zokuga

東海道五十三次續画
Andō, Hiroshige
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Tol,kaidol, ful,kei zue

Tōkaidō fūkei zue

東海道風景圖會
Fujioka Keijirō
Kaei 4 [1851]

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