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Harvard-Yenching's 2011 Holiday Cards

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Chaeryŏng-gun (Map of Chaeryŏng County), from Sukch'ŏn chea to. Published by Han P'il-gyo (b.1807). Hand-drawn maps, ca. 1880. From the Korean Rare Books Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library.

December 1, 2011 – Harvard-Yenching Library’s 2011 note cards, this year featuring pieces from the Korean rare book collection, are available for purchase. Begun in 1998, the cards have become an HCL tradition and mark the beginning of the holiday season.

The images on this year’s cards were selected by Librarian for the Korean Collection Mikyung Kang and Librarian for the Western Languages Collection Ray Lum.

One card features the Map of Chaeryŏng County. A full-color 19th century map with a traditional birds-eye perspective, in which the northern part of the county depicted in the map is shown right-side up, but with the southern part correctly viewable only by flipping the image top to bottom. The map was drawn by Han P’il-gyo and published in 1880.

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Coins depicting flying cranes and wild deer, from Chosŏn hoejŏn paegyŏng chip: Sanggojae aejangp'um. 20th century printing. From the Korean Rare Books Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library.


The other card features Coins depicting flying cranes and wild deer. A rubbing of old Korean round coins. Rubbings were used for collecting images and inscriptions for the joy of the connoisseur but also allowed for the accurate and wide dissemination of texts and images. The rubbings were collected and printed by Sanggojae in the 20th century.

A box includes 12 cards and envelopes and costs $10.50.  They are available in the Harvard-Yenching Librarian's Office, Room 115, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Hurley at 617-495-3327 or via e-mail.