1514. Item #90338
[Ehon] Sin, Yong-gae. SOK SAMGANG HAENGSILTO Preface from 1514. Though a later impression, Korean volumes of this age and importance are seldom found. The Hangul gloss in the top margin is somewhat trimmed but the Hanja characters are complete. This Sok Samgang Haengsilto ('Continued Illustrated Exemplars of the Three Bonds') was published as a continuation or 'updated version' of the Samgang Haengsilto, a book originally compiled in 1432 by Kye Sun [Sun Sol ] and others by the order of the cultural icon and inventor of Hangul script, King Sejong. The Samgang Haengsilto was a morals handbook which dealt with Confucian ideas on filial piety, loyalty, and chastity. Each illustration is accompanied by hangul text in the upper margin and a description in Chinese characters over the page. This volume appears to be from the same edition as the copy held by the National Diet Library in Tokyo, but lacks leaf 28, which is included in the NDL copy, and has a different illustration and story to the NDL copy for leaf 16 of the chastity section. Softcover binding, with general wear and chips, mostly to extremities, and wormholing. Binding string replaced. Title and notes hand-written in brush and ink to upper wrapper. Continuous stain to opening edge and foot of leaves, fainter towards the end of the volume. Occasional wormholing and marks to text and illustrations. Housed in a custom-made slipcase. 1 v. 4, 1, 3, 36, 1, 6, 1, 27 leaves. 31.8 x 23.1 cm. Text in Hanja (Chinese characters used with Korean pronunciation). A scarce copy of the illustrated continuation to the Samgang Haengsilto, a textbook on Confucian morals widely used and highly influential in Japan, Korea, and China. Very good. String-bound, fukuro-toji string-bound. Korean works.