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Title Donguibogam : Depository & Value

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2014-12-30 14:23:14
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Since 1613, when Donguibogam was first printed in 25 chapters in 25 volumes, using movable wooden types, this innovative summation of East Asian medicine has been reprinted over 40 times during the past four centuries not only in Korea but also in many Asian regions including China and Japan.
In order to preserve Donguibogam, the precious end result of an all-out effort, as securely as possible, the government of Joseon deposited the first prints in the five archives located deep in the mountains—i.e., Chunchugwan (Bureau of State Records), Jeongjoksan, Jeoksangsan, Taebaeksan, and Odaesan Mountains. Despite these efforts, most of them were destroyed by wars and fires, and the surviving versions are currently under the custody of the National Library of Korea, Jangseogak of the Academy of Korean Studies, and Gyujanggak of Seoul National University.

The print of Donguibogam under the care of the National Library of Korea is the one that had been stored in the Archive of Odaesan Mountain. It was then stored in the Library of the Government-General of Joseon (Government during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula). After the liberation, it was transferred to the National Library and is currently preserved there (Treasure No. 1085).

The set under the custody of Jangseogak of the Academy of the Korean Studies was originally stored in the Archive of Jeoksangsan Mountain in Muju, and during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula, it was deposited in Iwangjik Library. Then it was placed under the management of the office of Changgyeonggung and Changdeokgung Palaces and then the Cultural Properties Administration. In 1981, the set was transferred to Jangseogak of the Academy of the Korean Studies and has since been preserved there (Treasure No. 1085-2).

The set currently under the care of the National Library of Korea is the one that had been stored in the Archive of Taebaeksan Mountain. It was then under the custody of the Government-General of Joseon (Government during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula). Then it was stored in the Library of Gyeongseong Imperial University and the Library of Seoul National University. In 1992, the set was transferred to Gyujanggak of Seoul National University and is currently preserved there (Treasure No. 1085-3).