43 folding leaves (mostly split at fore-edges, with no loss of text). Small folio (344 x 233 mm.), orig. wrappers (soiled), new stitching. [Korea: late 18th or early 19th century].
A beautifully written manuscript collection of about 400 poems by Bai Li (701-62), one of the two greatest poets of the Tang dynasty, and certainly China’s greatest poetic personality (see Mark Edward Lewis, China’s Cosmopolitan Empire. The Tang Dynasty [Harvard University Press], p. 254).
The manuscript presents a number of mysteries that demand further research by scholars. The last line in the manuscript, which is in a more modern hand, states: “Yon Pyong-guk, descendant in the sixth generation, tearfully wrote this onto the manuscript inherited from his late sixth-generation ancestor Yon Ha, courtesy name Um-ch’ong, who served as T’ongdongnang [an official position, rank 5a].“
Yon Pyong-guk flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century and therefore his ancestor would have been alive in the late 18th or early 19th century.
In good condition.
❧ With thanks to Prof. Marten Soderblom Saarela of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
Item ID: 8028