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[Treasure] Joseon-era book printed with first metal type font

July 23,2018
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Name: Songjo Pyojeon Chongnyu (Collection of Appeals and Letters to the Emperors of the Song Dynasty), Volume 7
Period: King Taejong of Joseon Period
Location: Gwanak District, southern Seoul
Status: National Treasure. No. 150


This book was printed sometime during the reign of King Taejong with gyemidonghwalja, the first metal type font invented in 1403.

It is a single book with 12 chapters, measuring 19cm wide and 29cm long.

Some parts of chapter 10, 11 and 12 are in poor condition and the rear cover of the book is missing.

Instead of the back cover, a piece of blank paper is inserted into the front and rear end of the book and a dark yellow cover is added, and the book is re-bound in red cotton cloth.

It is one of the rare books printed with gyemidonghwalja, serving as an excellent material for studying early metal types.