A New Treatise on Self-Admonishment


This is a three-volume manuscript written in Chinese in the early 18th century by the Korean statesman Kim Ch’ang-jip (1648–1722). He was from a powerful branch of the Kim clan based at Andong, North Kyongsang Province, and was later accused of treason and executed in 1722. He was known to have visited the Chinese imperial capital regularly. A preface written by Li Yi indicates that Kim learned from Chinese men of virtue and high officials by reading the stele inscriptions that extolled their lives and deeds, unofficial histories, and other miscellaneous writings. He wrote down his ideas on exemplary behavior and conduct, to serve as a guide for his descendants. He also quoted sayings from Korean sources. Following the arrangement of a 13th-century Chinese work, Zi jing bian (Treatise on self-admonishment) written by the Song author Zhao Shanliao, Kim Ch’ang-jip organized his writings in three juan, with the first consisting of 12 entries, the second 25 entries, and the third 23 entries. Each entry cites the sources used. The exhortations in the work were to be adopted by men of high status and learning of the time. The manuscript came into the Library of Congress collection in 1929.

Last updated: May 24, 2017