Dawson's Book Shop: Los Angeles, 1966. 11 x 1/2 x 16 1/2. Frontis, 73 pages with 15 ORIGINAL specimens. Original cloth-backed boards covered with a special handmade Korean embossed paper. Cloth slip case, with a little joint and extremity wear. Two previous owners have pasted descriptions etc. on 3 pages; of value is a full page prospectus from Dawson's as well as a letter describing how to identify original vs. facsimile specimens in this particular copy. The first owner has underline some text in ink on three pages and has a small date note in ink at the foot of two pages. Book is in otherwise fine condition. Item #15196
Korea produced the first known book (1377) from moveable type--long before Gutenberg. Copy 126 of 300 copies. Pages 9-18 provide a brief history of the development of Korean moveable type. Following this, are 22 specimens each using a different font with a facing page of descriptive text. In this copy there are 15 ORIGINAL and 7 facsimile specimens; the earliest original specimen is from 1484. (The first 95 copies had 22 original specimens. The succeeding copies had fewer and fewer specimens as the copy number went up., e.g. copy 176 had only 3 original specimens.).