S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Korean Culture (한국문화) Korean Culture (한국문화) vol.73/76(2016)
국가의 장서와 개인의 장서 - 공사교직(公私交織)의 역사로 조명한 규장각 중국본 도서
The royal library collection and the literati collection of Joseon - A Study on the Kyujanggak Chinese Books
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- 서울대학교 규장각한국학연구원
- 한국문화, Vol.75, pp. 13-43
- the Kyujanggal<. Collection of Chinese Books; History results from the interplay of private and public factors; Min Seong-hwi(閔聖徽); Lee Ha-jin(李夏鎭); Ryu Myeong-hyeon(柳命賢); Lee I-myeong(李頥命); Lee Ui-hyeon(李宜顯); Yun Geup(尹汲); 규장각 중국본 도서; 공사교직의 역사; 민성휘; 이하진; 유명현; 이이명; 이의현; 윤급
- This paper takes the viewpoint that history results from the interplay of private and
public factors in examining how the books privately purchased by late Joseon Literati on
their diplomatic trips to imperial China ended up being incorporated into the collection
of Kyujanggak, the royal library of Joseon.
The purchase of Chinese books by the envoys traveling to Beijing in 17th and 18th
centuries were identified based on the bookstamps that were imprinted on the
Kyujanggak Collection of Chinese Books. Various documentary records were used to
trace how these books became part of the Kyujanggak Collection.
There were a ceaseless stream of books flowing from the private collections of late
Joseon literati, such as Min Seonghwi and Yun Geup, into the Kyujanggak Collection,
as a result of active purchase of Chinese books by these diplomatic delegations, the
subsequent trading and circulation of these books by their families, and the royal
family's policy of the incorporating private collection that began in the middle Joseon
period. Based on this observation, the paper argues that Kyujanggak's cw-rent collection
of Chinese books did not consist solely of the royal collection, but inputs from the late
Joseon literary circle were actively incorporated.
Further, this study emphasizes that Kyujanggak's collection of Chinese books, which
have so far been regarded as the collection of the king and the royal family, represents
the intellectual trends of Joseon literati at large, and it should be understood in the context of literary history of Joseon period.