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Korean Monographs and Serials

Strong in the fields of literature and language, history, philosophy, archaeology and art, reference works and geographical texts, the modern collections are growing steadily, through purchases and generous gifts by Korean corporate and government foundations. 

Holdings of post-1955 North Korean publications are fairly good, since the Library has been an exchange partner of various North Korean institutions since about 1955. Other exchange agreements, with partners in the Republic of Korea, have yielded rich holdings of official governmental publications, a sector of the publishing industry which has consistently been an important force in South Korea, where legal restrictions prohibit the sale of government-funded publications.

Works on Korea in Western languages

The Korean section of the Asia Pacific & Africa Collections is primarily responsible for acquiring material written in Korean. Although a significant number of books relating to Korea in Western languages can be found in the catalogues, the vast majority of the British Library's extremely rich holdings of historic and contemporary works on Korea are included in the British Library's General Catalogue. There are particularly strong holdings of diplomats', travellers' and missionaries' accounts of Korea between 1880 and 1910.

Printed subject indices covering the years 1871-1975 are an excellent starting point for surveying the early collections of works relating to Korea, which include such important texts as the Account of the shipwreck of a Dutch vessel [...] with the description of the Kingdom of Korea, by the 17th-century Dutch sailor Hendryk Hamel and Witsen's Nord en Ost Tartarye of 1705.

 

Contact

Asian and African Studies enquiries
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7873
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641

E-mail: Ask the Reference Team

Hamish Todd, Lead Curator, Japanese and Korean
Asian and African Studies
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7662
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641

E-mail: hamish.todd@bl.uk