May 26, 2022

The Freer | Sackler Library (Smithsonian Libraries) Digitizes Japanese Illustrated Books From the Edo and Meiji Periods (1600-1912)

From the Smithsonian Libraries Blog:

The Freer | Sackler Library of the Smithsonian Libraries have completed digitizing over 1100 volumes/41500 images from its collection of illustrated Japanese woodblock-printed books and manuscripts from the Edo and Meiji periods (1600-1912).

The collection includes over 1,100 volumes, most of which were from the personal library of Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), the founder of Freer Gallery of Art.



The Library’s collection of Japanese illustrated books from the Edo and Meiji Periods is an ideal complement to The Freer Gallery of Art’s recently digitized volumes in the Gerhard Pulverer Collection of Illustrated Japanese Books, one of the most important collections of Japanese illustrated books in the world.

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