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Sosan yugo [Prose & Verse Written by the Late Chang].

57; 50 folding leaves. Four parts in two vols. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (rubbed), new stitching. Indong: Preface dated 1910.

First edition and very rare; WorldCat lists only the copy at Harvard. Chang (courtesy name Chae-gyon), was a scholar of the late Choson period and the “period of the opening of the ports” (i.e., after 1876).

This posthumously published book is a collection of Chang’s writings in the areas of Neo-Confucian philosophy and morality; letters to friends and other scholars; love poems; and essays on political matters. Issued for the Chang clan, it was edited and published by Chang’s son Tu-hun Chang. The Preface was written by Sung-taek Chang, who was not a son of In-muk but a private scholar and not in government service.

In one of his essays, Chang proposes that taxes be cut for working people and claims that governmental officials are largely incompetent and corrupt. The essay reflects several of the major problems of the late Choson period, including rural poverty and discontent with local officials.

Fine set, printed by movable type.

Price: $4,000.00

Item ID: 7965

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