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 Ehon noyamagusa v. 5

Ehon noyamagusa v. 5

繪本野山草
Tachibana, Yasukuni
Cover of Ehon Nozue no taka

Ehon Nozue no taka

繪本埜居鷹
Mantei Sōba; Katsushika, Hokusai
[publisher not indicated]
[after Bunka 5, 1808]
Cover of Ehon onna Imagawa

Ehon onna Imagawa

繪夲女今川
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Ehon onna Imagawa

Ehon onna Imagawa

繪夲女今川
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Ehon Shin Yoshiwara senbon-zakura c. 3

Ehon Shin Yoshiwara senbon-zakura c. 3

繪本新吉原千本桜
Okumura, Masanobu
Cover of Ehon surugamai

Ehon surugamai

繪本駿河舞
[publisher not identified]
[after Kansei 2 [1790]]
Cover of Ehon surugamai v. 1

Ehon surugamai v. 1

繪本駿河舞
Kitagawa, Utamaro
[publisher not identified]
[after Kansei 2 [1790]]
Cover of Ehon surugamai v. 2

Ehon surugamai v. 2

繪本駿河舞
Kitagawa, Utamaro
[publisher not identified]
[after Kansei 2 [1790]]
Cover of Ehon surugamai v. 3

Ehon surugamai v. 3

繪本駿河舞
Kitagawa, Utamaro
[publisher not identified]
[after Kansei 2 [1790]]
Cover of Ehon tekagami

Ehon tekagami

絵本手鑑
Ōoka, Shunboku
Bunkidō
[Kyōho 5 [1720]]
Cover of Ehon tokiwagusa

Ehon tokiwagusa

繪本常盤草
Nishikawa, Sukenobu
Unsōdō
[Meiji period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 1

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 1

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 2

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 2

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 3

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 3

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 4

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 4

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 5, pt. 1

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 5, pt. 1

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 5, pt. 2

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 5, pt. 2

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 6

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 6

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 7

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 7

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 8

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 8

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon tsūhōshi v. 9

Ehon tsūhōshi v. 9

繪本通寶志
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Seiemon
An'ei 9 [1780]
Cover of Ehon Wa-Kan no homare

Ehon Wa-Kan no homare

画本和漢譽 : 全壹巻
Katsushika, Hokusai
Kamiya Tokuhachi
[after Kaei 3, 1850 before 1868]
Cover of Ehon yakusha natsu no fuji

Ehon yakusha natsu no fuji

繪本役者夏富士
Ichiba, Tsūshō; Katsukawa, Shunshō
Matsumura Yahē
[1780]
Cover of Eishol, hyakuchol, gafu v. 2

Eishō hyakuchō gafu v. 2

英章百鳥畫譜
Tsuchida, Eishō; Takeuchi, Seihō
Unsōdō
Taishō 2 [1913]-
Cover of Ejima no kasumi

Ejima no kasumi

繪嶋之霞 : 青
Kubota, Beisen; Tomioka, Tessai
Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 20 [1887]
Cover of Ekiro no suzu

Ekiro no suzu

驛路鈴
Totoya, Hōkkei; Seiyōkan.
[publisher not identified]
[after 1830 and before 1868]
Cover of En'ō gafu

En'ō gafu

圓翁画譜. 乾
Maruyama, Ōkyo; Yamaguchi, Soken
[publisher not identified]
[Tenpō 8 [1837]]
Cover of Enshul, goryul, sol,ka ishol,l

Enshū goryū sōka ishō

遠州御流挿花意匠
Rishōan Ichiju; Ryōtan
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period (1868-1912)]
Cover of Enshū goryū sōka ishō v. 4

Enshū goryū sōka ishō v. 4

遠州御流挿花意匠
Rishōan Ichiju; Ryōtan
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period (1868-1912)]
Cover of Enshū goryū sōka ishō v.1

Enshū goryū sōka ishō v.1

遠州御流挿花意匠
Rishōan Ichiju; Ryōtan
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period (1868-1912)]
Cover of Enshū goryū sōka ishō v.2

Enshū goryū sōka ishō v.2

遠州御流挿花意匠
Rishōan Ichiju; Ryōtan
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period (1868-1912)]
Cover of Enshū goryū sōka ishō v.3

Enshū goryū sōka ishō v.3

遠州御流挿花意匠
Rishōan Ichiju; Ryōtan
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period (1868-1912)]
Cover of Enshul,-ryul, kaku

Enshū-ryū kaku

遠州流花矩
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Enshū-ryū kaku v. 1

Enshū-ryū kaku v. 1

遠州流花矩
Shibata, Sōseki; Kubota, Getsuyō
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Enshū-ryū kaku v. 3

Enshū-ryū kaku v. 3

遠州流花矩
Shibata, Sōseki; Kubota, Getsuyō
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Enshul,-ryul, sol,ka chitose no matsu

Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu

遠州流插花千歲松
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu v. 1

Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu v. 1

遠州流插花千歲松
Senshōan Ichiju; Senshuan Ichiei; Ikeda, Eisen
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu v. 2

Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu v. 2

遠州流插花千歲松
Senshōan Ichiju; Senshuan Ichiei; Ikeda, Eisen
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu v. 3

Enshū-ryū sōka chitose no matsu v. 3

遠州流插花千歲松
Senshōan Ichiju; Senshuan Ichiei; Ikeda, Eisen
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

遠州流挿花極意集
publisher not identified
18--]
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

遠州流挿花極意集
publisher not identified
18--]
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

遠州流挿花極意集
publisher not identified
18--]
Cover of Enshul,-ryul, sol,ka gokuishul,

Enshū-ryū sōka gokuishū

遠州流挿花極意集
publisher not identified
18--]
Cover of Enshul,-ryul, sol,ka hyakuhei zushiki

Enshū-ryū sōka hyakuhei zushiki

遠州流挿花百瓶圖式 : 四季混雜
Kobayashi Shinbē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka hyakuhei zushiki v. 1

Enshū-ryū sōka hyakuhei zushiki v. 1

遠州流挿花百瓶圖式 : 四季混雜
Kisaragian Bajō; Hishikawa, Sōri; Katsushika, Hokusai
Kobayashi Shinbē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Enshū-ryū sōka hyakuhei zushiki v. 2

Enshū-ryū sōka hyakuhei zushiki v. 2

遠州流挿花百瓶圖式 : 四季混雜
Kisaragian Bajō; Hishikawa, Sōri; Katsushika, Hokusai
Kobayashi Shinbē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei

Fugaku hyakkei

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei

Fugaku hyakkei

富嶽百景
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei

Fugaku hyakkei

富嶽百景. 二編
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei

Fugaku hyakkei

富嶽百景
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei v. 1

Fugaku hyakkei v. 1

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei v. 1

Fugaku hyakkei v. 1

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei v. 2

Fugaku hyakkei v. 2

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei v. 2

Fugaku hyakkei v. 2

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei v. 3

Fugaku hyakkei v. 3

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fugaku hyakkei v. 3

Fugaku hyakkei v. 3

富嶽百景
Katsushika, Hokusai
Cover of Fujimi hyakuzu

Fujimi hyakuzu

冨士見百圖 : 初編
[publisher not identified]
[Ansei 6, 1859]
Cover of Fujimi hyakuzu

Fujimi hyakuzu

冨士見百圖 : 初編
Andō, Hiroshige
[publisher not identified]
[Ansei 6, 1859]
Cover of Fujimi hyakuzu c. 2

Fujimi hyakuzu c. 2

冨士見百圖 : 初編
Andō, Hiroshige
[publisher not identified]
[Ansei 6, 1859]
Cover of Fukei gasō

Fukei gasō

不形畫藪
Chō, Gesshō
Keiundō Tōhei
Bunka 14 [1817]
Cover of Fusol, gajinden

Fusō gajinden

扶桑畫人傳
Cover of Fusō gajinden v. 1

Fusō gajinden v. 1

扶桑畫人傳
Kohitsu, Ryōchū
Cover of Fusō gajinden v. 2

Fusō gajinden v. 2

扶桑畫人傳
Kohitsu, Ryōchū
Cover of Fusō gajinden v. 3

Fusō gajinden v. 3

扶桑畫人傳
Kohitsu, Ryōchū
Cover of Fusō gajinden v. 4

Fusō gajinden v. 4

扶桑畫人傳
Kohitsu, Ryōchū
Cover of Fusō gajinden v. 5

Fusō gajinden v. 5

扶桑畫人傳
Kohitsu, Ryōchū
Cover of Fusō meisho zue

Fusō meisho zue

狂歌扶桑名所圖會 : 五篇
Kaien Umeaki; Andō, Hiroshige
[publisher not identified]
[Tenpō 13, 1842]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakol, senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakol, senran

Gakō senran

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gakō senran v. 5

Gakō senran v. 5

畵巧潜覧
Kanō, Tan'yū; Ōoka, Shunboku
Tsurugaya Kyūbē
Genbun 5 [1740]
Cover of Gasen

Gasen

畵筌
Hayashi, Moriatsu
Cover of Gasoku

Gasoku

畵則
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gasoku v. 1

Gasoku v. 1

畵則
Sakurai, Sekkan; Suwaraya, Ihachi
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gasoku v. 2

Gasoku v. 2

畵則
Sakurai, Sekkan; Suwaraya, Ihachi
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gasoku v. 3

Gasoku v. 3

畵則
Sakurai, Sekkan; Suwaraya, Ihachi
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gasoku v. 4, pt. 1

Gasoku v. 4, pt. 1

畵則
Sakurai, Sekkan; Suwaraya, Ihachi
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gasoku v. 4, pt. 2

Gasoku v. 4, pt. 2

畵則
Sakurai, Sekkan; Suwaraya, Ihachi
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gasoku v. 5

Gasoku v. 5

畵則
Sakurai, Sekkan; Suwaraya, Ihachi
Suharaya Ihachi
Anʼei 5 [1776]
Cover of Gazu Hyakki yagyō

Gazu Hyakki yagyō

畫圖百鬼夜行
Toriyama, Sekien
Maekawa Yahei
Bunka 2 [1805]

Note: Library does not hold v.2

Cover of Genji monogatari

Genji monogatari

源氏物語

Please note, the final chapter (volume 54) is missing and could not be digitized.

Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 1

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 1

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 10

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 10

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 11

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 11

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 12

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 12

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 13

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 13

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 14

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 14

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 15

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 15

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 16

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 16

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 17

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 17

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 18

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 18

源氏物語湖月抄
1673
Cover of Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 19

Genji monogatari Kogetsusho v. 19

源氏物語湖月抄
1673

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