Specimen Pages of Korean Movable Types. Melvin McGovern.

Specimen Pages of Korean Movable Types.

Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1966. Limited to 300 copies, of which is one of 205 regular copies. Copies of this book contained various numbers of original specimens, depending upon availability. This copy has two originals, dating from 1795 and 1815. Frontispiece and twenty-two mounted specimens of movable type (twenty facsimiles, two originals). A little soiling to covers, bookplate on front pastedown. A near fine copy in original plain yellow dust jacket, in publisher’s slipcase. Quarter white buckram over yellow paper boards. The binding was made by Kim Dong of Seoul, the only surviving practitioner of the craft of yellow handmade papermaking for traditional Korean bindings. Folio. 31 x 43 cm. Item #14460

Considered one of Korea’s greatest cultural achievements, the discovery of movable type in metal is a Korean innovation in printing which dates as early as the thirteenth century and predates Western printing by nearly 200 years. This edition is considered the best work on the subject and is beautifully printed by Voyages Press, Tokyo. It was five years in the making.

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