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Trotsevich A.F., Guryeva A.A. Description of Manuscripts and Block-prints of Korean Traditional Culture. Part II: Manuscripts and Block-prints in Keeping of the Manuscript Department of of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences [Описание письменных памятников корейской традиционной культуры. Выпуск II: Корейские письменные памятники в рукописном отделе Института восточных рукописей Российской академии наук]. St Petersburg 2009, 424 p.


The issue is a publication of the second part of the project under the title " Description of Korean Manuscripts and Block-prints in St. Petersburg [Russia]. Korean collection of manuscripts, block-prints and old-printed books in the Manuscript Department numbers books of 169 titles all in all in 940 volumes.

The books of the collection described in the issue are classified according to their contents as 15 groups (see Table of Contents). Every book is described in detail: information is given concerning its form (it is pointed out whether it is a manuscript sabon, a block-print mokpanbon, or an old-printed book hwaljabon), the number of its volumes, its colophon, the peculiarities of its paper and cover, its size and the number of its leaves, columns per pages, and syllables (or characters) per column.

Furthermore the description informs of the contents of books and adduce dates and names of the authors that appear in the texts of prefaces and postfaces.

The issue is provided with an Introduction, a list of reference books and four indexes arranged both according to Korean and Russion alphabetical order.

The description is illustrated by photocopies of 39 books, presenting the cover and the first leave, etc., of each of them.

The Introduction contains the history of the collection. The main part of the books was collected by Russian and European diplomats working in Korea at the end of the 19th century. The books deal mostly with the official sphere of life in Korea, i.e. administration, justice, state rituals, principles of relations with other countries, etc. A sufficient number of writings deals with history and geography. The Korean collection contains quite a number of manuscripts and block-prints of novels and stories written in Korean.

The issue is provided with a Supplement intitled Catalogue of Korean Collection compiled by W. G. Aston. This Catalogue was written by Aston's own hand under the title Rough Catalogue of Books and includes 103 titles of books in Korean and Chinese as well as Japanese books relating to Korea. It is preserved now in the Manuscript Department. The Supplement includes a photocopy of the Rough Catalogue of Books, its translation into Russian and comments.


Аннотация, Содержание, История коллекции, Указатели: 1. Общий указатель имен; 2. Указатель названий произведений; 3. Указатель имен авторов сочинений; 4. Указатель названий сочинений; Приложение: Список книг, составленный У. Дж. Астоном. Публикация текста, перевод на русский язык, комментарии А. А. Гурьевой


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