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 Ikebana hayamanabi v. 3

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 3

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

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 4

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 5

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 5

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

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 6

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 7

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 7

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 8

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 8

生花早満奈飛
Akatsuki, Kane'nari; Nanritei Kiraku
Itamiya Zenbē
Tenpō 6-Kaei 4 [1835-1851]
Cover of Ikebana hayamanabi v. 9

Ikebana hayamanabi v. 9

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

Ikebana hinagata densho

生花雛形傳書
[Edo period, 1600-1868]
Cover of Ikebana hyakubeizu

Ikebana hyakubeizu

生花百瓶圖 : 松月堂古流四季混雜
Maekawa Bun'eidō
[Bunsei 2, 1819 or after]
Cover of Ikebana hyakubeizu v. 1

Ikebana hyakubeizu v. 1

生花百瓶圖 : 松月堂古流四季混雜
Godaibō, Sōga
Maekawa Bun'eidō
[Bunsei 2, 1819 or after]
Cover of Ikebana hyakubeizu v. 2, pt. 1

Ikebana hyakubeizu v. 2, pt. 1

生花百瓶圖 : 松月堂古流四季混雜
Godaibō, Sōga
Maekawa Bun'eidō
[Bunsei 2, 1819 or after]
Cover of Ikebana hyakubeizu v. 2, pt. 2

Ikebana hyakubeizu v. 2, pt. 2

生花百瓶圖 : 松月堂古流四季混雜
Godaibō, Sōga
Maekawa Bun'eidō
[Bunsei 2, 1819 or after]
Cover of Ikebana rinpon

Ikebana rinpon

挿花臨本
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa

Ikebana tebikigusa

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa

Ikebana tebikigusa

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 1

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 1

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Mizutani, Yūga
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 1

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 1

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 2

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 2

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 2

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 2

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Mizutani, Yūga
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 3

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 3

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Mizutani, Yūga
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 3

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 3

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 4

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 4

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 4

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 4

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Mizutani, Yūga
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 5

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 5

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Yoshio, Yasumasa; Eishōsai Chōki
Cover of Ikebana tebikigusa v. 5

Ikebana tebikigusa v. 5

活花手引種 : 青山御家御流
Mizutani, Yūga
Yoshinoya Ōtani Jinbē
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Ikebanazu taisei

Ikebanazu taisei

活華圖大成 : 青山御流儀
Udakaku Gihē
Bunka 5 [1808]
Cover of Ikebanazu taisei v. 1

Ikebanazu taisei v. 1

活華圖大成 : 青山御流儀
Yoshio, Yasumasa
Udakaku Gihē
Bunka 5 [1808]
Cover of Ikebanazu taisei v. 2

Ikebanazu taisei v. 2

活華圖大成 : 青山御流儀
Yoshio, Yasumasa
Udakaku Gihē
Bunka 5 [1808]
Cover of Imayol, kushi kiseru hinagata

Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata

今様櫛〓雛形
Eijudō Nishimuraya Yohachi
Bunsei 6 [1823]
Cover of Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata v. 1

Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata v. 1

今様櫛〓雛形
Katsushika, Hokusai
Eijudō Nishimuraya Yohachi
Bunsei 6 [1823]
Cover of Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata v. 2

Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata v. 2

今様櫛〓雛形
Katsushika, Hokusai
Eijudō Nishimuraya Yohachi
Bunsei 6 [1823]
Cover of Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata v. 3

Imayō kushi kiseru hinagata v. 3

今様櫛〓雛形
Katsushika, Hokusai
Eijudō Nishimuraya Yohachi
Bunsei 6 [1823]
Cover of Inaka no tsuki

Inaka no tsuki

亥中之月 : Inaka-no-tsuki
Kōno, Bairei
Unsōdō
Meiji 22 [1889]
Cover of Inchul,-ryul, sol,ka kagami

Inchū-ryū sōka kagami

允中流挿花鑑
Cover of Inchū-ryū sōka kagami v. 1

Inchū-ryū sōka kagami v. 1

允中流挿花鑑
Aizawa, Tomonushi
Cover of Inchū-ryū sōka kagami v. 2

Inchū-ryū sōka kagami v. 2

允中流挿花鑑
Aizawa, Tomonushi
Cover of Inchū-ryū sōka kagami v. 3

Inchū-ryū sōka kagami v. 3

允中流挿花鑑
Aizawa, Tomonushi
Cover of Inrol, fu

Inrō fu

印籠譜
[publisher not identified]
[after 1717 before 1868]
Cover of Inrō fu v. 1

Inrō fu v. 1

印籠譜
Mori, Gen'ōsai
[publisher not identified]
[after 1717 before 1868]
Cover of Inrō fu v. 2

Inrō fu v. 2

印籠譜
Mori, Gen'ōsai
[publisher not identified]
[after 1717 before 1868]
Cover of Irohabiki monchō

Irohabiki monchō

いろは引紋帳
Tanaka, Kikuo
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Ise monogatari tōsho shō

Ise monogatari tōsho shō

伊勢物語頭書抄 : 絵入續曲
Hishikawa, Moronobu
Matsugai
Enpō 7 [1679]
Cover of Ishidōrō shukuzu

Ishidōrō shukuzu

石燈籠縮圖
Cover of Issō hyakutai

Issō hyakutai

一掃百態
Watanabe, Kazan
Cover of Itako zekku Shul,

Itako zekku Shū

潮来絶句集
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[Kyōwa 2, 1802]
Cover of Itako zekku Shū v. 1

Itako zekku Shū v. 1

潮来絶句集
Fuji, Karamaro; Katsushika, Hokusai
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[Kyōwa 2, 1802]
Cover of Itako zekku Shū v. 2

Itako zekku Shū v. 2

潮来絶句集
Fuji, Karamaro; Katsushika, Hokusai
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[Kyōwa 2, 1802]
Cover of Itchol, gafu

Itchō gafu

一蝶畫譜
Nishimura Sōshichi
Meiwa 7 [1770]
Cover of Itchō gafu v. 1

Itchō gafu v. 1

一蝶畫譜
Hanabusa, Itchō; Suzuki, Rinshō
Nishimura Sōshichi
Meiwa 7 [1770]
Cover of Itchō gafu v. 2

Itchō gafu v. 2

一蝶畫譜
Hanabusa, Itchō; Suzuki, Rinshō
Nishimura Sōshichi
Meiwa 7 [1770]
Cover of Itchō gafu v. 3

Itchō gafu v. 3

一蝶畫譜
Hanabusa, Itchō; Suzuki, Rinshō
Nishimura Sōshichi
Meiwa 7 [1770]
Cover of Itsukushima zue

Itsukushima zue

嚴島圖會
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 1

Itsukushima zue v. 1

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 10

Itsukushima zue v. 10

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 2

Itsukushima zue v. 2

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 3

Itsukushima zue v. 3

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 4

Itsukushima zue v. 4

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 5

Itsukushima zue v. 5

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 6

Itsukushima zue v. 6

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 7

Itsukushima zue v. 7

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 8

Itsukushima zue v. 8

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Itsukushima zue v. 9

Itsukushima zue v. 9

嚴島圖會
Okada, Kiyoshi; Kondō, Yoshiki; Yamano, Shunpōsai
Cover of Jōruri zue

Jōruri zue

淨瑠璃圖繪
Mishima, Bunken; Katsushika, Hokusai
[publisher not identified]
[after 1891 before 1912]
Cover of Kachō gaden

Kachō gaden

花鳥畫傳
Katsushika, Taito
Cover of Kachō gaden

Kachō gaden

花鳥畫傳
Katsushika, Taito
Cover of Kachō gafu

Kachō gafu

花鳥画譜 : 繪しまの浪
Fukui, Kōtei
Yamada Naosaburō
Meiji 31 [1898]
Cover of Kachō gafu

Kachō gafu

華鳥畫譜
Watanabe, Seitei
Ōkura Shoten
Meiji 36 [1903]
Cover of Kachol, shashin zui

Kachō shashin zui

花鳥寫真圖彙
Nishimura Sōshichi
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kachō shashin zui v. 1

Kachō shashin zui v. 1

花鳥寫真圖彙
Kitao, Shigemasa
Nishimura Sōshichi
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kachō shashin zui v. 2

Kachō shashin zui v. 2

花鳥寫真圖彙
Kitao, Shigemasa
Nishimura Sōshichi
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kachō shashin zui v. 3

Kachō shashin zui v. 3

花鳥寫真圖彙
Kitao, Shigemasa
Nishimura Sōshichi
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kagetsu zushiki

Kagetsu zushiki

花月圖式
Cover of Kaidol, kyol,ka awase

Kaidō kyōka awase

海道狂歌合
Cover of Kaidō kyōka awase v. 1

Kaidō kyōka awase v. 1

海道狂歌合
Ueda, Akinari; Watanabe, Nangaku; Kawamura, Bunpō
Cover of Kaidō kyōka awase v. 2

Kaidō kyōka awase v. 2

海道狂歌合
Ueda, Akinari; Watanabe, Nangaku; Kawamura, Bunpō
Cover of Kaidō sōga

Kaidō sōga

街道雙畫 : 全
Watanabe, Nangaku; Kawamura, Bunpō; Ueda, Akinari
Yoshidaya Shinbē
Bunka 8 [1811]
Cover of Kaiji hiken

Kaiji hiken /

繪事比肩
Toriyama, Sekien
Maekawa Yahei
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kaishien gaden

Kaishien gaden

芥子園畫傳
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 1

Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 1

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 2

Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 2

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 3

Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 3

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 4

Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 4

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 5

Kaishien gaden v. 1, pt. 5

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 1

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 1

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 2

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 2

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 3

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 3

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 4

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 4

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 5

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 5

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 6

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 6

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 7

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 7

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 8

Kaishien gaden v. 2, pt. 8

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 1

Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 1

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 2

Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 2

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 3

Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 3

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 4

Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 4

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 5

Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 5

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 6

Kaishien gaden v. 3, pt. 6

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 1

Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 1

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 2

Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 2

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 3

Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 3

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai

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