Yeongisinpyeon『演機新編』 is the book on the art of war written by Ahn Myeong-ro(安命老) who had been a civil minister in the middle of the Joseon Dynasty. Since 1620 when he was born, he had been active as the scholar and politician from times of King Gwanghaegun(光海君) to King Hyojong(孝宗). And he died after 1680.
Though one of his books, Yeongisinpyeon, is a great work, he has not been famous enough. His research for the art of war for his life time and Yeongisinpyeon as a result are not second to any other famous the book on the art of war for its quality and quantity. Rather, it is greater than other existing works. But he has been nearly shunted aside by books and history for development process of the art of war in Korea.
He has not been known well as the author of Yeongisinpyeon. He has been rather known better as a traitor, who tried to make Prince Bokseongun(福善君) as a new king instead of King Sukjong(肅宗).
Then, why have he and his book, Yeongisinpyeon been not well know to the public? It is assumed due to following reasons. At the earlier times in the Joseon Dynasty, the main military system was effected by Owijinbeop(五衛陣法). And after the war between Joseon and Japan(Japanese Invasion, 壬辰倭亂), it was done by Byeonghakjinam(兵學指南). Ahn Myeong-ro's Yeongisinpyeon was totally new theory on the art of war, different from such tractional military systems. So this new suggestion had been necessarily neglected. Currently, this book has been one of the collections of Gyujanggak(奎章閣) Archives, Jangseogak(藏書閣) Library, the National Central Library of Korea, and etc. The translation of this book has not been published, but Institution for Military History Compilation(國防部軍史編纂硏究所) has prepared all required for publishing the translation. On this, I wrote this document for the preceding work. This paper has been processed by following procedure. Firstly, the pedigree, public service career, and the relation to a big change of regime in 1680(庚申大黜陟) were reviewed. And then, tried to examined his achievement taking a general overview of the background information, characteristics, the contents, and features for Yeongisinpyeon.