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 Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 4

Kaishien gaden v. 4, pt. 4

芥子園畫傳
Wang, Gai
Cover of Kan'yol,sai gafu

Kan'yōsai gafu

寒葉齋畫譜
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kan'yōsai gafu v. 0 (Preface)

Kan'yōsai gafu v. 0 (Preface)

寒葉齋畫譜
Takebe, Ayatari
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kan'yōsai gafu v. 1

Kan'yōsai gafu v. 1

寒葉齋畫譜
Takebe, Ayatari
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kan'yōsai gafu v. 2

Kan'yōsai gafu v. 2

寒葉齋畫譜
Takebe, Ayatari
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kan'yōsai gafu v. 3

Kan'yōsai gafu v. 3

寒葉齋畫譜
Takebe, Ayatari
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kan'yōsai gafu v. 4

Kan'yōsai gafu v. 4

寒葉齋畫譜
Takebe, Ayatari
[Kawachiya Hachibē]
[after Tenmei 7 [1787]]
Cover of Kanbō zue

Kanbō zue

冠帽圖會
Matsuoka, Tokikata; Matsuoka, Yukiyoshi
Cover of Kanga shinan v. 2

Kanga shinan v. 2

漢畫指南
Kawamura, Bunpō
Cover of Kannongyol, wadanshol, zue

Kannongyō wadanshō zue

觀音經和談鈔圖會
Cover of Kannongyō wadanshō zue v. 1

Kannongyō wadanshō zue v. 1

觀音經和談鈔圖會
Hirata, Shisui; Tsujimoto, Motosada
Cover of Kannongyō wadanshō zue v. 2

Kannongyō wadanshō zue v. 2

觀音經和談鈔圖會
Hirata, Shisui; Tsujimoto, Motosada
Cover of Kanrin gafu

Kanrin gafu

閑林畫譜
Okada, Kanrin
Hanabusa Daisuke
Kōka 2 [1845]
Cover of Kansai gafu

Kansai gafu

甘齋畵譜
Hatsudasho dō Shiten
Meiji 24 [1891]
Cover of Kansai gafu v. 1

Kansai gafu v. 1

甘齋畵譜
Ichikawa, Raijirō
Hatsudasho dō Shiten
Meiji 24 [1891]
Cover of Kansai gafu v. 2

Kansai gafu v. 2

甘齋畵譜
Ichikawa, Raijirō
Hatsudasho dō Shiten
Meiji 24 [1891]
Cover of Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishol,

Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishō

寬政五癸丑年大小
Cover of Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishō

Kansei go mizunoto-ushi-doshi daishō

寬政五癸丑年大小
Cover of Karakusa moyō hinagata

Karakusa moyō hinagata

唐草模樣雛形
Takizawa, Kiyoshi
Matsuzaki Hanzō
Meiji 17 [1884]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi

Keichō irai shintō bengi

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichol, irai shintol, bengi

Keichō irai shintō bengi

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 2

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 2

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 3

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 3

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 4

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 4

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 5

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 5

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 6

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 6

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 7

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 7

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 8

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 8

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 9

Keichō irai shintō bengi v. 9

慶長以来新刀辨疑
Kamata, Natae
Kawachiya Tokubeē han
[An'ei 8 [1779]]
Cover of Keika hyakugiku

Keika hyakugiku

契花百菊
Yamada Naosaburō
<Meiji 26- [1893->

Library's set incomplete: v. 1 missing.

Cover of Keika hyakugiku v. 2

Keika hyakugiku v. 2

契花百菊
Hasegawa, Keika
Yamada Naosaburō
<Meiji 26- [1893->
Cover of Keika hyakugiku v. 3

Keika hyakugiku v. 3

契花百菊
Hasegawa, Keika
Yamada Naosaburō
<Meiji 26- [1893->
Cover of Keinen kachol, gafu

Keinen kachō gafu

景年花鳥画譜
hatsubaisha Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 24-25 [1891-1892]
Cover of Keinen kachō gafu v. 2

Keinen kachō gafu v. 2

景年花鳥画譜
Imao, Keinen; Tanaka, Jirōkichi
hatsubaisha Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 24-25 [1891-1892]
Cover of Keinen kachō gafu v. 3

Keinen kachō gafu v. 3

景年花鳥画譜
Imao, Keinen; Tanaka, Jirōkichi
hatsubaisha Tanaka Jihē
Meiji 24-25 [1891-1892]
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol,

Keinen shūgajō

景年習画帖
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 1

Keinen shūgajō v. 1

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 2

Keinen shūgajō v. 2

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 3

Keinen shūgajō v. 3

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 4

Keinen shūgajō v. 4

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 5

Keinen shūgajō v. 5

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 6

Keinen shūgajō v. 6

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Keinen shul,gajol, v. 7

Keinen shūgajō v. 7

景年習画帖
Imao, Keinen
Yamada Unsōdō
Meiji 39 [1906]-
Cover of Kenzan iboku

Kenzan iboku

乾山遺墨
Ogata, Kenzan; Sakai, Hōitsu
Cover of Kihō gafu

Kihō gafu

琦鳳畵譜 : 全
Kawamura, Kihō
Bunchōdō Yoshida Shinbē
Bunsei 10 [1827]
Cover of Kinpaen gafu

Kinpaen gafu

金波園画譜
Kawamura, Bunpō
Cover of Kiso meisho zue

Kiso meisho zue

岐蘇名所圖會. 貳篇
Andō, Hiroshige; Kaien Umeaki; Umenoya, Tsuruko
Shun'yūtei
Kaei 4 [1851]
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868

Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 1

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 1

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868

The digitized version of the first volume in this set includes images of the paper wrappers that contained the entire set. These images appear before the cover.

Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 10

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 10

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 100

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 100

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 11

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 11

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 12

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 12

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 13

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 13

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 14

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 14

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 15

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 15

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 16

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 16

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 17

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 17

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 18

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 18

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 19

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 19

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 2

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 2

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 20

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 20

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 21

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 21

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 22

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 22

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 23

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 23

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 24

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 24

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 25

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 25

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 26

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 27

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 28

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 29

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 29

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 3

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 3

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 30

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 31

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 31

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 32

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 32

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 33

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 34

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 34

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 35

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 36

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 36

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 37

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 37

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 38

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 38

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 39

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 39

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 4

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 4

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 40

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 41

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 42

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 43

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 44

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 45

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 46

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Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 47 (Kayoi Komachi)

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 47 (Kayoi Komachi)

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 48

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 49

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Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 5

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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 50

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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 51

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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 52

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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 53

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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 54

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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 55

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Edo period, 1600-1868

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