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Fifteen titles of Edo-period (1600-1868) Japanese woodblock-printed books are included in this online collection. The books are predominantly pictorial, with illustrations designed by artists such as Nishikawa Sukenobu, Katsushika Hokusai, Kono Bairei and Ando Hiroshige. Pictorial content ranges from Suikoden heros (Ehon Suikoden) and scenes in the lives of women (Ehon Mitsuwaso) to birds tinted in delicate color washes and landscape views.

Most titles are composed of several volumes, either bound separately or sewn together, for a total of 25 separate electronic facsimiles. Pages appear online in the intended right-to-left sequence, and page numbers have been added to aid in navigation. Use the "display gallery view" option (at left bar of the interface screen) to browse thumbnail images of the pages.

All original volumes are in the collection of the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Some titles are incomplete. We include partial volumes (and in one instance merely a small collection of pages) in order to give viewers the widest range of illustration content. Following is a list of items in this collection.

Artist/designers include:

Andō Hiroshige, 1797-1858

Ehon Edo miyage = 繪本江戶土產 [1850-1867)
[Views of Noted Places in Edo]
Volumes 2 and 3 only.

Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849

Ehon kyoka yama mata yama [1800?]
[Picture Book of Comic Poems: Mountain after Mountain]
Volumes 1 and 2.

Ehon Suikoden = 繪本水滸傳 [1829]
[Picture Book of the Loyal Heroes of the Suikoden]
One volume.

Hokusai ekagami = 北齋画鏡 [1818]
[Hokusai's Painted Mirror]
One volume.

Hokusai manga. 9-hen = 北齋漫. 九編 [1819]
[Hokusai's Sketches]
One volume.

Toto shokei ichiran [1800]
[Fine Views of Tokyo]

Kawamura Bunpō, 1779-1821

Kanga shinan. Nihen = 漢畫指南. 二編 [1811?]
[Manual of Chinese-style painting]
Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

Kitagawa Utamaro, 1753-1806

Ehon mushi erami = 画本虫撰 [1823]
[Picture Book of Selected Insects]
Volumes 1 and 2.

Kitao Shigemasa, 1739-1820

Kachō zue: shashin. Shohen = 花鳥圖會 : 寫真. 初編 [1805]
[Illustrated Album of Flowers and Birds]
Three volumes bound in one.

Kōno Bairei, 1844-1895

Bairei hyakuchō gafu [1881]
[Bairei's Album of Birds]
Three volumes.

Nishikawa Sukenobu, 1671-1751

Koto wa jōkan katoku no shita [1730?]
[Illustrations of Japanese Tales]
Volumes 1 and 2.

Ehon Mitsuwasō [1758]
[Scenes in the Lives of Women]
Three volumes bound in one.

Ehon ekoyano yama [possibly Kokon Akoyano-yama] [1740]
[Pastimes and Occupations]
Volume 3 only.

Utagawa Toyokuni, 1786-1865

Yakusha sanjūrokkasen : zen = 俳優三十六花撰 : 全 [incomplete] [1835]
Partial volume; contains two illustrations only

Utagawa Toyokuni, 1786-1865; Utagawa Kunifusa

Kashiku zenden kagomegusa = 加之久全傳香篭艸 [1811]
[Illustrated Book of the Life of Kashiku]
Bound volume 1 contains text volumes 1-2.
Bound volume 2 contains text volumes 3-6.