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 Kōrin hyakuzu v. 1

Kōrin hyakuzu v. 1

光琳百圖
Ogata, Kōrin; Sakai, Hōitsu
s.n
not before 1868]
Cover of Kōrin hyakuzu v. 1

Kōrin hyakuzu v. 1

光琳百圖
Ogata, Kōrin; Sakai, Hōitsu
s.n
1826]
Cover of Kōrin hyakuzu v. 2

Kōrin hyakuzu v. 2

光琳百圖
Ogata, Kōrin; Sakai, Hōitsu
s.n
1826]
Cover of Kōrin hyakuzu v. 2

Kōrin hyakuzu v. 2

光琳百圖
Ogata, Kōrin; Sakai, Hōitsu
s.n
not before 1868]
Cover of Kōrin manga

Kōrin manga

光琳漫畵 : 全
Ogata, Kōrin; Tatebayashi, Kakei
[Eirakuya Tōshirō]
[after Bunka 14 [1817]]
Cover of Kōrin manga

Kōrin manga

光琳漫畵
Ogata, Kōrin
Eirakuya Tōshirō
[after 1817]
Cover of Kol,rin shinsen hyakuzu

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu

光琳新撰百啚
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]
Cover of Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 1

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 1

光琳新撰百啚
Ogata, Kōrin; Ikeda, Koson; Shimizu, Ryūzō
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]
Cover of Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 1

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 1

光琳新撰百啚
Ogata, Kōrin; Ikeda, Koson; Shimizu, Ryūzō
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]
Cover of Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 2

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 2

光琳新撰百啚
Ogata, Kōrin; Ikeda, Koson; Shimizu, Ryūzō
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]
Cover of Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 2

Kōrin shinsen hyakuzu v. 2

光琳新撰百啚
Ogata, Kōrin; Ikeda, Koson; Shimizu, Ryūzō
s.n
Genji kinoe'ne [1864]]
Cover of Kol,yol, ikebana hyakuheizu

Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu

甲陽生花百瓶圖
Saegusa Makuzu
[after after An'ei 3 [1774] before 1912]
Cover of Kol,yol, ikebana hyakuheizu v. 1

Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu v. 1

甲陽生花百瓶圖
Zeshinken Ichiro
Saegusa Makuzu
[after after An'ei 3 [1774] before 1912]
Cover of Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu v. 2

Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu v. 2

甲陽生花百瓶圖
Zeshinken Ichiro
Saegusa Makuzu
[after after An'ei 3 [1774] before 1912]
Cover of Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu v. 3

Kōyō ikebana hyakuheizu v. 3

甲陽生花百瓶圖
Zeshinken Ichiro
Saegusa Makuzu
[after after An'ei 3 [1774] before 1912]
Cover of Kundaikan sōchōki

Kundaikan sōchōki

君台観左右帳記
Sōami
Cover of Kuniyoshi zatsugashū

Kuniyoshi zatsugashū

國芳雜画集
Utagawa, Kuniyoshi
Shinagawaya Kyūsuke
[1856]
Cover of Kyōchūzan

Kyōchūzan

胸中山
Kameda, Bōsai
Suwaraya Shinbē
Bunka 6 [1809]
Cover of Kyōgetsubō

Kyōgetsubō

狂月坊
Ki, Sadamaru; Kitagawa, Utamaro
Cover of Kyōka ehon Amanogawa

Kyōka ehon Amanogawa

狂歌畫本阿まの川
Kitao, Shigemasa; Ishikawa, Masamochi
[Tsutaya Jūzaburō]
[1791]
Cover of Kyōka gasanshū

Kyōka gasanshū

狂歌画賛集
Dondontei Wataru; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
[between 1818 and 1830]
Cover of Kyōka Keikashū

Kyōka Keikashū

狂歌桂歌集
Yotsuyaan Tsukiyoshi; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
[1829]
Cover of Kyōka man'eishū

Kyōka man'eishū

興歌漫詠集 : 初編
Ashizono, Masana; Sansuiren; Andō, Hiroshige
Cover of Kyōka momiji no hashi

Kyōka momiji no hashi

狂歌紅葉の橋
Katsukawa, Shunchō; Hata, Kinkei
Tsutaya Jūzaburō
[ca. Kansei 2 [1790]
Cover of Kyōka ressen gazōshū

Kyōka ressen gazōshū

狂歌列仙画像集
Katsushika, Hokuga; Katsushika, Hokusai; Goshatei Kizan; Hōkien Kōkō
[publisher not identified]
[19th century?]
Cover of Kyōka rokurokushū

Kyōka rokurokushū

興歌六々集
Shakuyakutei Nagane; Andō, Hiroshige; Totoya, Hōkkei
[publisher not identified]
Tenpō 11 [1840]
Cover of Kyōsai Manga

Kyōsai Manga

暁齋漫畫 : 初編
Kawanabe, Kyōsai
Makino Yoshibē
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Kyūko zufu

Kyūko zufu

求古圖谱
Takashima, Chiharu
Cover of Manji Ō sōhitsu gafu

Manji Ō sōhitsu gafu

卍翁艸筆画譜
Katsushika, Hokusai
Kinkōdō
[after Tenpō 14, 1843]
Cover of Meibutsuki

Meibutsuki

名物記
Cover of Meihitsu gahol,

Meihitsu gahō

名筆畵寶
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meihitsu gahō v. 1

Meihitsu gahō v. 1

名筆畵寶
Yoshimura, Shūzan; Shibukawa, Seiemon
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meihitsu gahol, v. 2

Meihitsu gahō v. 2

名筆畵寶
Yoshimura, Shūzan; Shibukawa, Seiemon
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meihitsu gahō v. 3

Meihitsu gahō v. 3

名筆畵寶
Yoshimura, Shūzan; Shibukawa, Seiemon
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meihitsu gahō v. 4

Meihitsu gahō v. 4

名筆畵寶
Yoshimura, Shūzan; Shibukawa, Seiemon
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meihitsu gahō v. 5

Meihitsu gahō v. 5

名筆畵寶
Yoshimura, Shūzan; Shibukawa, Seiemon
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meihitsu gahol, v. 6

Meihitsu gahō v. 6

名筆畵寶
Yoshimura, Shūzan; Shibukawa, Seiemon
Shibukawa Seiemon
Meiwa 8 [1771]
Cover of Meijin ranchiku gafu

Meijin ranchiku gafu

名人蘭竹畫譜
Nakazawa, Keizan
[publisher not identified]
[Bunka 1 [1804]]
Cover of Meika gafu

Meika gafu

名家畵譜
Tōhekidō
[Bunka 11, 1814]
Cover of Meika gafu c. 1, v. 1

Meika gafu c. 1, v. 1

名家畵譜
Niwa, Tōkei
Tōhekidō
[Bunka 11, 1814]
Cover of Meika gafu c. 1, v. 3

Meika gafu c. 1, v. 3

名家畵譜
Niwa, Tōkei
Tōhekidō
[Bunka 11, 1814]
Cover of Meika gafu c. 2, v. 1

Meika gafu c. 2, v. 1

名家畵譜
Niwa, Tōkei
Tōhekidō
[Bunka 11, 1814]
Cover of Meisho hokkushul,

Meisho hokkushū

名所發句集
Cover of Meisho hokkushū v. 2

Meisho hokkushū v. 2

名所發句集
Andō, Hiroshige
Cover of Meisho hokkushū v. 3

Meisho hokkushū v. 3

名所發句集
Andō, Hiroshige
Cover of Meisho hokkushū v. 4

Meisho hokkushū v. 4

名所發句集
Andō, Hiroshige
Cover of Midarekazari , Daitemoku , Bonten , Chaso Juko den , Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari - tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata no. 509

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata no. 510

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata no. 511

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata no. 512

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata no. 513

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire

Midarekazari ; Daitemoku ; Bonten ; Chaso Juko den ; Hirozashiki chanoyu tanamono kazari : tanomono no koto, daisu no koto, mizusashi no koto, chaire no koto ; Daisu nagaita-dana rui tatekata no. 514

乱飾 ; 臺天目 ; 盆点 ; 茶祖珠光傳 ; 廣座鋪茶湯棚物飾 : 棚物之事・臺子之事・水指之事・茶入之事 ; 臺子長板棚類点方
Cover of Mikawa gofudoki

Mikawa gofudoki

三河御風土記 : 實録譚
Sawa, Hisajirō
Cover of Min Shin shoga kanpu

Min Shin shoga kanpu

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Min Shin shoga kanpu

Min Shin shoga kanpu

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Min Shin shoga kanpu

Min Shin shoga kanpu

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Min Shin shoga kanpu

Min Shin shoga kanpu

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Min Shin shoga kanpu v. 1, pt. 1

Min Shin shoga kanpu v. 1, pt. 1

明清書画歀譜
Kurihara, Tsunezō
Shoshi Suhara Tetsuji
Meiji 14 [1881]
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu

Minjin geirin meifu

明人藝林名譜
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 1, pt. 1

Minjin geirin meifu v. 1, pt. 1

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 1, pt. 2

Minjin geirin meifu v. 1, pt. 2

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 1

Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 1

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 2

Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 2

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 3

Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 3

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 4

Minjin geirin meifu v. 2, pt. 4

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 3

Minjin geirin meifu v. 3

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 4

Minjin geirin meifu v. 4

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 5, pt. 2

Minjin geirin meifu v. 5, pt. 2

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 5. pt. 1

Minjin geirin meifu v. 5. pt. 1

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 6, pt. 1

Minjin geirin meifu v. 6, pt. 1

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 6, pt. 2

Minjin geirin meifu v. 6, pt. 2

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 6, pt. 3

Minjin geirin meifu v. 6, pt. 3

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 7

Minjin geirin meifu v. 7

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
Cover of Minjin geirin meifu v. 8

Minjin geirin meifu v. 8

明人藝林名譜
Tamaki, Kansai; Suhara, Izō; Tazawa, Seiun
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.

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