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 Genji nannyo shol,zoku shol,

Genji nannyo shōzoku shō

源氏男女裝束抄
Cover of Genji nannyo shōzoku shō v. 1

Genji nannyo shōzoku shō v. 1

源氏男女裝束抄
Sōseki; Tsuboi, Yoshichika; Watanabe, Yasuteru
Cover of Genji nannyo shōzoku shō v. 2

Genji nannyo shōzoku shō v. 2

源氏男女裝束抄
Sōseki; Tsuboi, Yoshichika; Watanabe, Yasuteru
Cover of Genji nannyo shōzoku shō v. 3

Genji nannyo shōzoku shō v. 3

源氏男女裝束抄
Sōseki; Tsuboi, Yoshichika; Watanabe, Yasuteru
Cover of Gogyō kyōkashū

Gogyō kyōkashū

五行狂歌集
Yajima, Gogaku; Kiri, Masao
[publisher not identified]
[1822]
Cover of Gokusaishiki nihyakushu

Gokusaishiki nihyakushu

極彩色弐百種
Cover of Gunchō gaei

Gunchō gaei

群蝶画英
Hanabusa, Itchō
Cover of Gyokusen shūgajō

Gyokusen shūgajō

玉泉習畫帖
Mochizuki, Gyokusen
Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 24 [1891]
Cover of Hamonshul,

Hamonshū

波紋集
Yamada Geisōdō
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of Hamonshū v. 1

Hamonshū v. 1

波紋集
Mori, Yūzan
Yamada Geisōdō
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of Hamonshū v. 2

Hamonshū v. 2

波紋集
Mori, Yūzan
Yamada Geisōdō
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of Hamonshū v. 3

Hamonshū v. 3

波紋集
Mori, Yūzan
Yamada Geisōdō
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of Haran tebikigusa

Haran tebikigusa

葉らん手引種
Tenshōsai, Ippa
Cover of Haran tebikigusa

Haran tebikigusa

葉らん手引種
Tenshōsai, Ippa
Cover of Haran tebikigusa

Haran tebikigusa

葉らん手引種
Tenshōsai, Ippa
Cover of Haru no Fuji

Haru no Fuji

はるの不盡
Katsushika, Hokusai; Suehiroan
Suehiroan
Kyōwa 3 [1803]
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 1

Hasshu gafu v. 1

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 2

Hasshu gafu v. 2

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 3

Hasshu gafu v. 3

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 4

Hasshu gafu v. 4

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 5

Hasshu gafu v. 5

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 6

Hasshu gafu v. 6

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 7

Hasshu gafu v. 7

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Hasshu gafu v. 8

Hasshu gafu v. 8

八種畫譜
Huang, Fengchi; Tang, Yin; Zhang, Chenglong
Cover of Heian meishō

Heian meishō

平安名勝
Cover of Hokkei manga

Hokkei manga

北溪漫画 : 初編
Totoya, Hōkkei
[Eirakuya Tōshirō]
[between 1800 and 1850]
Cover of Hokumei gafu

Hokumei gafu

北明画譜
Katsushika, Hokumei
San'yūdō
[Meiji period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai ekagami

Hokusai ekagami

北齋畵鑑
Katsushika, Hokusai
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[1858]
Cover of Hokusai gafu

Hokusai gafu

北齋画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai; Eirakuya, Tōshirō
Eirakuya Tōshirō
18--]
Cover of Hokusai gafu

Hokusai gafu

北齋画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai; Eirakuya, Tōshirō
Eirakuya Tōshirō
18--]
Cover of Hokusai gafu

Hokusai gafu

北齋画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai; Eirakuya, Tōshirō
Eirakuya Tōshirō
18--]
Cover of Hokusai gafu

Hokusai gafu

北齋画譜
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[1849]
Cover of Hokusai gafu v. 1

Hokusai gafu v. 1

北齋画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai; Eirakuya, Tōshirō
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[1849]
Cover of Hokusai gafu v. 2

Hokusai gafu v. 2

北齋画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai; Eirakuya, Tōshirō
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[1849]
Cover of Hokusai gafu v. 3

Hokusai gafu v. 3

北齋画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai; Eirakuya, Tōshirō
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[1849]
Cover of Hokusai imayō hinagata

Hokusai imayō hinagata

北齋今檨雛形
Katsushika, Hokusai
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of Hokusai manga

Hokusai manga

北斎漫画
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga

Hokusai manga

北斎漫画
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 12

Hokusai manga v. 12

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 2

Hokusai manga v. 2

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 4

Hokusai manga v. 4

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 4

Hokusai manga v. 4

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 5

Hokusai manga v. 5

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 5

Hokusai manga v. 5

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 7

Hokusai manga v. 7

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai manga v. 9

Hokusai manga v. 9

北斎漫画
Katsushika, Hokusai
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Hokusai shasin gafu

Hokusai shasin gafu

北齋冩真画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai
[publisher not identified]
[Bunka 11, 1814]
Cover of Hokusai soga

Hokusai soga

北齋麁画
Katsushika, Hokusai; Maki, Bukusen; Taisō; Hokuō; Numata, Utamasa
Cover of Hokusai soga

Hokusai soga

北齋麁画
Cover of Hokusai soga c. 2

Hokusai soga c. 2

北齋麁画
Katsushika, Hokusai; Maki, Bukusen; Taisō; Hokuō; Numata, Utamasa
Cover of Honchol, gaka rakkan inpu

Honchō gaka rakkan inpu

本朝畫家落欵印譜
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 27 [1894]
Cover of Honchō gaka rakkan inpu v. 1

Honchō gaka rakkan inpu v. 1

本朝畫家落欵印譜
Kanō, Toshinobu; Kohitsu, Ryōetsu
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 27 [1894]
Cover of Honchō gaka rakkan inpu v. 2

Honchō gaka rakkan inpu v. 2

本朝畫家落欵印譜
Kanō, Toshinobu; Kohitsu, Ryōetsu
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 27 [1894]
Cover of Honchō gaka rakkan inpu v. 3

Honchō gaka rakkan inpu v. 3

本朝畫家落欵印譜
Kanō, Toshinobu; Kohitsu, Ryōetsu
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 27 [1894]
Cover of Honchō gasan

Honchō gasan

本朝畫纂
Tani, Bunchō
s.n
183-]
Cover of Honchol, gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Honchō gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Honchō gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Honchō gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Honchō gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Honchol, gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Honchō gashi

Honchō gashi

本朝畫史
Kanō, Einō
Maruya Genbē
Genroku 6 [1693]
Cover of Hōbun gafu

Hōbun gafu

芳文畫譜
Kikuchi, Hōbun
Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 23 [1890]
Cover of Hol,gajol,

Hōgajō

邦画帖
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]
Cover of Hol,gajol,

Hōgajō

邦画帖
s.n
19--?]
Cover of Hōgajō v. 1

Hōgajō v. 1

邦画帖
Takeuchi, Jirō
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]
Cover of Hol,gajol, v. 2

Hōgajō v. 2

邦画帖
Takeuchi, Jirō
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]
Cover of Hōgajō v. 3

Hōgajō v. 3

邦画帖
Takeuchi, Jirō
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]
Cover of Hōgajō v. 4

Hōgajō v. 4

邦画帖
Takeuchi, Jirō
hatsubaijo Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 34 [1901]
Cover of Hol,itsu Shol,nin shinseki kagami

Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami

抱一上人真蹟鏡
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami v. 1

Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami v. 1

抱一上人真蹟鏡
Sakai, Hōitsu; Ikeda, Koson
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami v. 2

Hōitsu Shōnin shinseki kagami v. 2

抱一上人真蹟鏡
Sakai, Hōitsu; Ikeda, Koson
[publisher not identified]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Hol,kol, ihol, zuryaku

Hōkō ihō zuryaku

豐公遺寳圖略
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 3 [1832]
Cover of Hōkō ihō zuryaku v. 1

Hōkō ihō zuryaku v. 1

豐公遺寳圖略
Shinsei; Matsumura, Keibun; Okamoto, Toyohiko
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 3 [1832]
Cover of Hōkō ihō zuryaku v. 2

Hōkō ihō zuryaku v. 2

豐公遺寳圖略
Shinsei; Matsumura, Keibun; Okamoto, Toyohiko
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 3 [1832]
Cover of Hyakki shūi

Hyakki shūi /

百鬼拾遺
Toriyama, Sekien
Maekawa Yahei
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Hyakki tsurezurebukuro

Hyakki tsurezurebukuro /

百器徒然袋
Toriyama, Sekien
Maekawa Yahei
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Hyaku Fuji

Hyaku Fuji

百富士
Cover of Hyaku Fuji v. 1

Hyaku Fuji v. 1

百富士
Kawamura, Minsetsu
Cover of Hyaku Fuji v. 2

Hyaku Fuji v. 2

百富士
Kawamura, Minsetsu
Cover of Hyaku Fuji v. 3

Hyaku Fuji v. 3

百富士
Kawamura, Minsetsu
Cover of Hyaku Fuji v. 4

Hyaku Fuji v. 4

百富士
Kawamura, Minsetsu
Cover of Hyakunin isshu shōsei shō

Hyakunin isshu shōsei shō

百人一首鐘聲抄
Komogaki, Makuzu; Andō, Hiroshige
[publisher not identified]
[1836]
Cover of Hyakunin jorol, shinasadame

Hyakunin jorō shinasadame

百人女郎品定 : 繪草子
Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon
Kyōho 8 [1723]
Cover of Hyakunin jorō shinasadame v. 1

Hyakunin jorō shinasadame v. 1

百人女郎品定 : 繪草子
Nishikawa, Sukenobu
Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon
Kyōho 8 [1723]
Cover of Hyakunin jorō shinasadame v. 2

Hyakunin jorō shinasadame v. 2

百人女郎品定 : 繪草子
Nishikawa, Sukenobu
Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon
Kyōho 8 [1723]
Cover of Igyol, sennin-zukushi

Igyō sennin-zukushi

異形仙人徒くし
Urokogataya
Genroku 2 [1689]
Cover of Igyō sennin-zukushi v. 1

Igyō sennin-zukushi v. 1

異形仙人徒くし
Hishikawa, Moronobu
Urokogataya
Genroku 2 [1689]
Cover of Igyō sennin-zukushi v. 2

Igyō sennin-zukushi v. 2

異形仙人徒くし
Hishikawa, Moronobu
Urokogataya
Genroku 2 [1689]
Cover of Igyō sennin-zukushi v. 3

Igyō sennin-zukushi v. 3

異形仙人徒くし
Hishikawa, Moronobu
Urokogataya
Genroku 2 [1689]
Cover of Ikebana chisuji no fumoto

Ikebana chisuji no fumoto

挿花千筋の麓 : 附錄之卷
Irie, Gyokusen; Kawamura, Minsetsu
Suharaya Ichibē
Meiwa 5 [1768]
Cover of Ikebana chiyo no matsu

Ikebana chiyo no matsu

生花千代迺枩
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 1

Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 1

生花千代迺枩
Shōshūsai Ritei
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 2

Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 2

生花千代迺枩
Shōshūsai Ritei
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 3

Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 3

生花千代迺枩
Shōshūsai Ritei
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 4

Ikebana chiyo no matsu v. 4

生花千代迺枩
Shōshūsai Ritei
Maruya Saburōbē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi

Ikebana hayamanabi

生花早満奈飛
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 1

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 1

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 10

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 10

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 2

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 2

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]

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