Browse Exhibits (3 total)

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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This exhibit showcases several images from this digitization project to highlight the stamps, maps, and illustrations in the Frederick McCormick Korean Collection.



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One Thousand Character Classic (Sokpong Cheyaek)


This edition was printed by engraving on woodblock by renowned calligrapher, Master Han Ho of the Joseon Dynasty. This book is comprised of 250 phrases composed by Zhou Xingsi with large characters written by Han Ho. 

Source: Yi, K., Pong, S., Ch'oe, Y., Ch'a, M., Ch'oe, C., Chŏng, U., . . . Mulroy, K. (n.d.). Miguk K'ŭlleŏmont'ŭ Taehak Tosŏgwan sojang Maekk'omik K'ŏlleksyŏn Han'guk munhwajae = Frederick McCormick Collection of the Special Collections in the Claremont Colleges Library.


Story of a Book


This exhibit focuses on the uniqueness of this collection by highlighting the covers, binding and print style of specific books within the collection.

About the Rubbing Collection

The Frederick McCormick Korean Collection includes 10 rare woodblock print books. The majority of the collection are tomb memorials for known leaders of the Republic of Korea. The National Library of Korea will now have access to four of these books: Rubbing from the Inscription Stone of O Dal-je (Call No. R2), Rubbing from the Tombstone of Master Cheongsong (Call No. R3), Rubbing from the Inscription Stone of Im Gyeong-eop (Call No. R4), and Rubbing from the Inscription Stone of Seosan daesa (Call No. R10).

External Resources

Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Volume 32, Issue 1, 2009: The history and characteristics of traditional Korean books and bookbinding

Nine Types of Printmaking You Need to Know

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