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 Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 56

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 56

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 57

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 57

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 58

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 59

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 59

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 6

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 6

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 60

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 60

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 61

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 61

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 62

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 62

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 63

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 64

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 64

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 65

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 65

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 66

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 66

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 67

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 67

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 68

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 68

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 69 (Nokiba no ume)

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 69 (Nokiba no ume)

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 7

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 7

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 70

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 71

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 71

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 72

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 73

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 73

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 74

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 75

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 76

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 77

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 78

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 78

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 79

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 79

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 8

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 80

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 81

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 81

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 82

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 82

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 83

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 83

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 84

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 84

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 85

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 85

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 86

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 86

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 87

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 87

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 88

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 88

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 89

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 89

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 9

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 9

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 90

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 91

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 91

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 92

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 92

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 93

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 93

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
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Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 94

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 95

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 95

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 96

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 96

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 97

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 97

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 98

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 98

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 99

Koetsu utaibon hyakuban v. 99

光悦謡本百番
Edo period, 1600-1868
Cover of Kokon chadol, zensho

Kokon chadō zensho

古今茶道全書
Cover of Kokon chadō zensho v. 1

Kokon chadō zensho v. 1

古今茶道全書
Kōsenzan Rokuan
Cover of Kokon chadō zensho v. 2

Kokon chadō zensho v. 2

古今茶道全書
Kōsenzan Rokuan
Cover of Kokon chadō zensho v. 3

Kokon chadō zensho v. 3

古今茶道全書
Kōsenzan Rokuan
Cover of Kokon chadol, zensho v. 4

Kokon chadō zensho v. 4

古今茶道全書
Kōsenzan Rokuan
Cover of Kokon chadō zensho v. 5

Kokon chadō zensho v. 5

古今茶道全書
Kōsenzan Rokuan
Cover of Kokon kaji bikol,

Kokon kaji bikō

古今鍜治備考
Cover of Kokon kaji bikō v. 1

Kokon kaji bikō v. 1

古今鍜治備考
Yamada, Yoshimutsu
Cover of Kokon kaji bikō v. 2

Kokon kaji bikō v. 2

古今鍜治備考
Yamada, Yoshimutsu
Cover of Kokon meiba zui

Kokon meiba zui

古今名馬圖彙
[Kinkadō Nakamura Sasuke]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Kokon meiba zui v. 1

Kokon meiba zui v. 1

古今名馬圖彙
Kurihara, Nobumitsu
[Kinkadō Nakamura Sasuke]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Kokon meiba zui v. 2

Kokon meiba zui v. 2

古今名馬圖彙
Kurihara, Nobumitsu
[Kinkadō Nakamura Sasuke]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Kokon meiba zui v. 3

Kokon meiba zui v. 3

古今名馬圖彙
Kurihara, Nobumitsu
[Kinkadō Nakamura Sasuke]
[Meiji period, 1868-1912]
Cover of Konjaku zoku hyakki

Konjaku zoku hyakki /

今昔續百鬼
Toriyama, Sekien
Maekawa Yahei
Bunka 2 [1805]
Cover of Kono hana

Kono hana

此花
Gazoku Bunko
Meiji 43-44 [1910-1911]
Cover of Kono hana v. 1 - 6

Kono hana v. 1 - 6

此花
Miyatake, Gaikotsu
Gazoku Bunko
Meiji 43-44 [1910-1911]
Cover of Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki

Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki

根本生花百華式
publisher not identified
after 1868?]
Cover of Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki v. 1

Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki v. 1

根本生花百華式
Ikenobō, Senjō
publisher not identified
after 1868?]
Cover of Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki v. 2

Konpon ikebana hyakkashiki v. 2

根本生花百華式
Ikenobō, Senjō
publisher not identified
after 1868?]
Cover of Koshū gafu

Koshū gafu

古秀画譜
Hatta, Koshū
Yoshidaya Shinbē
Bunka 9 [1812]
Cover of Kotoura no hana

Kotoura no hana

琴浦乃華 : 花道家元未生御流
Eishinsai Zuiho; Matsukawa, Hanzan
Itamiya Zenbē
Keiō Itchū [1865]
Cover of Kotol, meitsukushi taizen

Kotō meitsukushi taizen

古刀銘盡大全
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen

Kotō meitsukushi taizen

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 2

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 2

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 3

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 3

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 4

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 4

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 5

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 5

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 6

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 6

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 7

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 7

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 8

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 8

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 9

Kotō meitsukushi taizen v. 9

古刀銘盡大全
Ōgi, Iori; Murai, Masanobu
Imai Kiheē
Kansei 4 [1792]
Cover of Kol,chol, gafu

Kōchō gafu

公長畫譜
Cover of Kōchō gafu v. 1

Kōchō gafu v. 1

公長畫譜
Ueda, Kōchō
Cover of Kōchō gafu v. 2

Kōchō gafu v. 2

公長畫譜
Ueda, Kōchō
Cover of Kōkai chadō

Kōkai chadō

交會茶道 : 全
Cover of Kol,kol,kan gashol,

Kōkōkan gashō

畊香館畫賸
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]
Cover of Kōkōkan gashō v. 1

Kōkōkan gashō v. 1

畊香館畫賸
Taki, Katei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]
Cover of Kōkōkan gashō v. 2

Kōkōkan gashō v. 2

畊香館畫賸
Taki, Katei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]
Cover of Kōkōkan gashō v. 3

Kōkōkan gashō v. 3

畊香館畫賸
Taki, Katei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]
Cover of Kōkōkan gashō v. 4

Kōkōkan gashō v. 4

畊香館畫賸
Taki, Katei
Ōkura Magobē
Meiji 19 [1886]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Izumiya Shōjirō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Kinkadō
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu

Kōrin gafu

光琳畫譜
Kinkadō
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Kōrin gafu v. 1

Kōrin gafu v. 1

光琳畫譜
Nakamura, Hōchū; Ogata, Kōrin
Izumiya Shōjirō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Kol,rin gafu v. 1

Kōrin gafu v. 1

光琳畫譜
Nakamura, Hōchū; Ogata, Kōrin
Kinkadō
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]
Cover of Kōrin gafu v. 1

Kōrin gafu v. 1

光琳畫譜
Nakamura, Hōchū; Ogata, Kōrin
Kinkadō
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Kōrin gafu v. 2

Kōrin gafu v. 2

光琳畫譜
Nakamura, Hōchū; Ogata, Kōrin
Kinkadō
[Meiji period, 1868-1912?]
Cover of Kōrin gafu v. 2

Kōrin gafu v. 2

光琳畫譜
Nakamura, Hōchū; Ogata, Kōrin
Izumiya Shōjirō
Bunsei 9 [1826]
Cover of Kōrin gafu v. 2

Kōrin gafu v. 2

光琳畫譜
Nakamura, Hōchū; Ogata, Kōrin
Kinkadō
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Kōrin gashiki

Kōrin gashiki

光琳画式 : 全
Ogata, Kōrin; Aikawa, Minwa
Kikuya Kihē
Bunka 15 [1818]
Cover of Kol,rin hyakuzu

Kōrin hyakuzu

光琳百圖
s.n
1826]
Cover of Kol,rin hyakuzu

Kōrin hyakuzu

光琳百圖
s.n
not before 1868]

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