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Analysis on the Publication of Jukgan Seonsaeng Iljip (『竹諫先生逸集』, Collective Writing of Jukgan Yu Jeon and the descendents)

LEE Miji 1

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ABSTRACT

Jukgan Seonsaeng Iljip (『竹諫先生逸集』, hereafter Iljip) is a collection of writings allegedly written by Yu Jeon (劉筌; Jukgan 竹諫 is his nom de plume) and writings by the Gangneung Yu clan (江陵 劉氏). The book was published in the 1920’s, approximately nine centuries after Yu Jeon’s life. Yu Jeon is believed as a political exile from the Song dynasty to the Goryeo and the founding father of the Gangneung Yu clan of modern Korea. One can find several editions of Iljip in diverse institutions inside Korea, such as the National Library, the National Institute of Korean History, and a few university libraries. This paper pursues the correlation and the filiation of the extant editions. The consequence could be summarized as follows. The earliest extant edition was printed in Pyeongyang in 1924 by a descendent group led by Yu Byung-ik (劉秉翊). Another descendent group with Yu Hong-ryeol (劉弘烈) published another edition in Nonsan in 1926. Xylographic editions of Iljip are also available, but they do not provide any direct publication information. Based upon the number of the epilogues (跋文) and the odes to the first father (感慕吟) by the Gangneung Yu descendants this paper infers that the earlier xylographic version of Iljip must have been printed not earlier than 1924 but around 1926 as like the edition of Nonsan. The later xylographic edition includes a new epilogue for reissuing (重刊跋文), which was written in 1939, so that it would be reasonable to consider that it had been printed later than 1939.

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