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 Miyako meisho zue v. 2

Miyako meisho zue v. 2

都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Miyako meisho zue v. 3

Miyako meisho zue v. 3

都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Miyako meisho zue v. 4

Miyako meisho zue v. 4

都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Miyako meisho zue v. 5

Miyako meisho zue v. 5

都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Miyako meisho zue v. 6

Miyako meisho zue v. 6

都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Miyako meisho zue v. 6, c. 2

Miyako meisho zue v. 6, c. 2

都名所圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Takehara, Shunchōsai
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishol, zue

Miyako rinsen meishō zue

都林泉名勝圖會
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishol, zue - zenbu rokusatsu

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 1, pt. 1

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 1, pt. 1

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishol, zue - zenbu rokusatsu v. 1, pt. 2

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 1, pt. 2

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 2

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 2

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 3

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 3

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 4

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 4

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 5

Miyako rinsen meishō zue : zenbu rokusatsu v. 5

都林泉名勝圖會 : 全部六冊
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Genshichirō
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 1, pt. 1

Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 1, pt. 1

都林泉名勝圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 1, pt. 2

Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 1, pt. 2

都林泉名勝圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 2

Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 2

都林泉名勝圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 3

Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 3

都林泉名勝圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 4

Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 4

都林泉名勝圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 5

Miyako rinsen meishō zue v. 5

都林泉名勝圖會
Akisato, Ritō; Sakuma, Sōen; Nishimura, Baikei; Oku, Bunmei
Kawachiya Tasuke
[19th century]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmol, zui

Morokoshi kinmō zui

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Cover of Morokoshi kinmol, zui

Morokoshi kinmō zui

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 1 (1)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 1 (1)

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 2 (2-3)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 2 (2-3)

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 2 (3-5)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 2 (3-5)

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 3 (4-5)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 3 (4-5)

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 3 (6-8)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 3 (6-8)

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 4 (6-7)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 4 (6-7)

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 4 (9-11)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 4 (9-11)

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 5 (12-14)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 5 (12-14)

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 5 (8-9)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 5 (8-9)

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 6 (10-11)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v. 6 (10-11)

唐土訓蒙圖彙
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Cover of Morokoshi kinmō zui v.1 (1-2)

Morokoshi kinmō zui v.1 (1-2)

唐土訓蒙圖彙 全編
Hirazumi, Senʼan; Tachibana, Morikuni
Kawachiya Kichihē
Kyōwa 2 [1802]
Cover of Morokoshi meishol, zue

Morokoshi meishō zue

唐土名勝圖會
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Morokoshi meishō zue v. 1

Morokoshi meishō zue v. 1

唐土名勝圖會
Okada, Gyokuzan; Oka, Yūgaku; Ōhara, Tōya; Kimura, Kenkadō
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Morokoshi meishō zue v. 2

Morokoshi meishō zue v. 2

唐土名勝圖會
Okada, Gyokuzan; Oka, Yūgaku; Ōhara, Tōya; Kimura, Kenkadō
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Morokoshi meishō zue v. 3

Morokoshi meishō zue v. 3

唐土名勝圖會
Okada, Gyokuzan; Oka, Yūgaku; Ōhara, Tōya; Kimura, Kenkadō
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Morokoshi meishō zue v. 4

Morokoshi meishō zue v. 4

唐土名勝圖會
Okada, Gyokuzan; Oka, Yūgaku; Ōhara, Tōya; Kimura, Kenkadō
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Morokoshi meishō zue v. 5

Morokoshi meishō zue v. 5

唐土名勝圖會
Okada, Gyokuzan; Oka, Yūgaku; Ōhara, Tōya; Kimura, Kenkadō
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Morokoshi meishō zue v. 6

Morokoshi meishō zue v. 6

唐土名勝圖會
Okada, Gyokuzan; Oka, Yūgaku; Ōhara, Tōya; Kimura, Kenkadō
Kawachiya Kichibē
Bunka 3 [1806]
Cover of Nanga kachō gafu

Nanga kachō gafu

南画花鳥畫譜
Watanabe, Gentai; Zhou, Zhimian; Chen, Jiayan
Hatsubaimoto Shōzandō Shoten
Taishō 7 [1918]
Cover of Neko no tsuma chul,gi no tsurebiki

Neko no tsuma chūgi no tsurebiki

猫児牝忠義合奏
Takizawa, Bakin; Utagawa, Toyokuni
Tsuruya Kijūrō
Tenpō 16 [1845]
Cover of Nezashi takara

Nezashi takara

直指寳
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 1

Nezashi takara v. 1

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 2

Nezashi takara v. 2

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 3

Nezashi takara v. 3

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 4

Nezashi takara v. 4

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 5

Nezashi takara v. 5

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 6, pt. 1

Nezashi takara v. 6, pt. 1

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 6, pt. 2

Nezashi takara v. 6, pt. 2

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 7

Nezashi takara v. 7

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 8

Nezashi takara v. 8

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nezashi takara v. 9

Nezashi takara v. 9

直指寳
Tachibana, Morikuni
Shibukawa Kiyoemon
Enkyō 2 [1745]
Cover of Nihon meibutsu gasan kyōkashū

Nihon meibutsu gasan kyōkashū

日本名物画賛狂歌集
Katsushika, Taito; Bunbunsha Kanikomaru
[publisher not identified]
[Bunsei-Tenpō periods [1818-1844]]
Cover of Nihon saijiki kyōkashū

Nihon saijiki kyōkashū

日本歲時記狂歌集
Katsushika, Hokusai; Bunbunsha Kanikomaru; Katsushika Sōren.
[publisher not identified]
[beteween 1804 and 1818]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

Nihon sankai meibutsu zue

日本山海名物圖會
Hirase, Tessai; Hasegawa, Mitsunobu
Shioya Uhē
Kansei 9 [1797]
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue

Nihon sankai meisan zue

日本山海名産圖會
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 1

Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 1

日本山海名産圖會
Shitomi, Kangetsu
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 2

Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 2

日本山海名産圖會
Shitomi, Kangetsu
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 3

Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 3

日本山海名産圖會
Shitomi, Kangetsu
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 4

Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 4

日本山海名産圖會
Shitomi, Kangetsu
Cover of Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 5

Nihon sankai meisan zue v. 5

日本山海名産圖會
Shitomi, Kangetsu
Cover of Nise Murasaki inaka Genji. Dai 23-24-hen

Nise Murasaki inaka Genji. Dai 23-24-hen

偐むらさき田舎げんじ. 第廿三-廿四編
Ryūtei, Tanehiko; Utagawa, Kunisada
Tsuruya Kiemon
[1837?-1839?]

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