• Jolly time of the Edo period

    The work Shinji andon (神事行燈, 1829-1847) in five volumes contains humorous poems (senryū) with illustrations.  The page shown here is from the first volume. The pictures of this volume were designed by the artist Ōishi Matora (大石真虎, 1792-1833). Call number: Libri japon. 257. The digitized version can be found here.

  • Protectors of Buddhism

    Depiction of wrathful Buddhist deities on a book cover of the འཕགས་པ་ཤེས་རབ་ཀྱི་ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ་ཕྱིན་པ་བརྒྱད་སྟོང་པ , a "Sublime Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Verses". The text is from the Waddell collection. Shelfmark Wadd 39 a (Link zum Digitalisat)

  • Lesson No. 5: 森林 ("Forest"), China 1909

    This primer for reading instruction in Chinese elementary schools extols the versatility of wood but also the climate and soil benefits that forests provide. The lesson’s illustration shows the grain, leaves, and bark of Chinese tree species. The volume is part of the Haenisch collection purchased by the Berlin State Library in 1961. Shelfmark: 34891