Dawson's Book Shop: Los Angeles, 1966. 11 x 1/2 x 16 1/2. Frontis, 73 pages illustrated with 22 tipped in examples of Korean types. Seven of these are facsimiles and 15 are original leaves. Cloth-backed boards covered in embossed yellow paper typical of old Korean books, in a worn slipcase. While the book is in fine condition, it has been "enhanced" by its two previous owners. Four pages bear Huntington Williams' inked annotations or underlining. Tipped to the two front blanks are Dawson's prospectus and a letter from them. The shipping label and invoice are tipped to rear blanks. Fine copy with specimens of the first moveable type. Item #15196
Korea produced the first known book (1377) from moveable type--long before Gutenberg. McGovern provides a brief history of the development of Korean moveable type and a bibliography. The 22 mounted specimens face a page of descriptive text. Each specimen, from 1420 to 1858, employs a different font.
Dawson's letter identifies original vs. facsimile specimens in this particular copy, which is 126 of 300 copies. Due to the availability of original specimens, copies differ. The various handmade papers used for the facsimiles can make identification difficult; so Dawson's letter is helpful in the extreme. The earliest actual leaf here dates from 1484.
Huntington Williams, a Baltimore physician with an interest in early oriental printing, gave a talk on it to the Baltimore Bibliophile--a talk Henry Morris printed at the Bird & Bull Press.