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 "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 meishō zue"

Miyako rinsen meishō zue

都林泉名勝圖會
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of "Miyako rinsen meishō 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 kinmō zui"

Morokoshi kinmō zui

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

Morokoshi kinmō zui

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Cover of "Morokoshi meishō zue"

Morokoshi meishō zue

唐土名勝圖會
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of "Nanga kachō 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 chūgi 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 kyōkashū"

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 kyōkashū"

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 Sensō emaki"

Nisshin Sensō emaki

日清戦争繪卷
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-ryū hyakuzu"

Ogata-ryū hyakuzu

尾形流百圖
Cover of "Ōkyo gafu"

Ōkyo gafu

應舉畵譜
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 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 "Rokkakudō Ikenobō 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 "Sanbyakkajō"

Sanbyakkajō

三百箇条
Cover of "Sanbyakkajō"

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 "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 "Seitei kachō gafu"

Seitei kachō gafu

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

Seitei kachō gafu

省亭花鳥画譜
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 23-24 [1890-1891]
Cover of "Seitei kachōjō"

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 goryū 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 tebikigusa"

Seizan Goryū ikebana tebikigusa

青山御流活花手引種
Yamatoya Kyūbē
Kansei 12 [1800]
Cover of "Sencha shiyōshū"

Sencha shiyōshū

煎茶仕用集
Ōeda, Ryūhō
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 "Senkeiban zushiki"

Senkeiban zushiki

占景盤圖式
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 "Shazanrō gahon"

Shazanrō gahon

寫山樓畫本
Tani, Bunchō
Cover of "Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi"

Shazashiki, kagetsushiki chaji kōkai itchi

且座式花月式茶叓交會一致
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 shōran"

Shinjin geirin seimei shōran

清人藝林姓名捷覧
Cover of "Shinkajo"

Shinkajo

心華帖
Cover of "Shinkoku Heika yōdōshū"

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 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 moyō no shiori"

Shinsen moyō no shiori

新撰模様乃志を李
Rokkaku, Shisui
Cover of "Shoka zōhin 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 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 "Shūbi gakan"

Shūbi gakan

聚美畫鑒
Shibakawa Mataemon
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of "Shūchin gajō"

Shūchin gajō

聚珍畫帖
Katsumura Jiemon
Kyōwa 3 [1803]
Cover of "Shūga hyakudai"

Shūga hyakudai

習画百題
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 "Shūko jisshu"

Shūko jisshu

集古十種
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 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 "Sōhitsu gafu"

Sōhitsu gafu

草筆画譜
Cover of "Sōka hyakki"

Sōka hyakki

挿花百規
Ikenobō, Senjō
publisher not identified
1820]
Cover of "Sōka hyakki"

Sōka hyakki

挿花百規
Ikenobō, Senjō
publisher not identified
1820]
Cover of "Sōka 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 "Sumō shōsetsu katsu kongōden"

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 sōgensho"

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 ōgi no mato"

Tobae ōgi no mato

鳥羽繪扇乃的
Kawachiya Eisuke
Tenmei 8 [1788]
Cover of "Tokai setsuyō hyakkatsū"

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
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of "Tokaido gojusantsugi"

Tokaido gojusantsugi

東海道五十三次
Andō, Hiroshige
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]
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 "Tōkaidō fūkei zue"

Tōkaidō fūkei zue

東海道風景圖會
Fujioka Keijirō
Kaei 4 [1851]
Cover of "Tōkaidō gojūsantsugi hachiyama zue"

Tōkaidō gojūsantsugi hachiyama zue

東海道五十三驛鉢山図繪
Cover of "Tōryū chanoyu rudenshū"

Tōryū chanoyu rudenshū

當流茶之湯流傳集
Cover of "Tōsei fūzoku gojūban utaawase"

Tōsei fūzoku gojūban utaawase

當世風俗五十番歌合
Yoshikawa Hanshichi
Meiji 40 [1907]
Cover of "Tōto jūnikei kyōkashū"

Tōto jūnikei kyōkashū

東都十二景狂歌集
Ishikawa, Masamochi; Totoya, Hōkkei Shakuyakutei Nagane
Cover of "Ukiyo ehon Nukumedori"

Ukiyo ehon Nukumedori

浮世繪本媛女鳥
Okumura, Masanobu
publisher not indicated
between 1700-1868]
Cover of "Unkashū"

Unkashū

雲霞集
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of "Wa-Kan chashi"

Wa-Kan chashi

和漢茶誌
Akitaya Taemon
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of "Wa-Kan ehon sakigake"

Wa-Kan ehon sakigake

和漢繪本魁
Katsushika, Hokusai
Kitajima Junshirō
[after Tenpō 7 [1836]]
Cover of "Wa-Kan meigaen"

Wa-Kan meigaen

和漢名畵苑
Ōnogi Ichibē
Kan'en 3 [1750]
Cover of "Yachigusa"

Yachigusa

八千草
Hatsubaijo Honda Unkindō
Meiji <35-36 [1902-1903]>
Cover of "Yakusha sanjūrokkasen : zen"

Yakusha sanjūrokkasen : zen

俳優三十六花撰 : 全
Utagawa, Toyokuni; Totoya, Hokkei
Nakamuraya Katsugorō
Tenpō 6 [1835]
Cover of "Yoshiie Ason yoroi chakuyō shidai"

Yoshiie Ason yoroi chakuyō shidai

義家朝臣鎧着用次第
Ise, Sadatake
Cover of "Yoshitsune kunkō zue"

Yoshitsune kunkō zue

義經勲功圖會
Yamada, Isai; Nishimura, Baikei
Cover of "Yōfu gajō"

Yōfu gajō

雍府画帖
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 28-31 [1895-1898]
Cover of "Yū̄sai gafu"

Yū̄sai gafu

融齋畫譜 : 花鳥全
Nakabayashi, Chikutō
Hishiya Magobē
[after Kōka 3 [1846]]

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