Longhorn Lobbies to Bring “Jikji” Home to Korea

Richard Pennington, BA ’76, is a historian and editor living in Seoul, South Korea, who started a grassroots campaign to return an ancient relic known as the “Jikji Simche Yojeol” back to its origin country of Korea from its current location in France. The “Jikji” is the world’s first mass-produced book as well as the world’s oldest extant book printed with movable metal type. Published in 1377, it predates the Gutenberg Bible by 78 years. Pennington has started a letter-writing campaign and has taken his cause to famous sites around South Korea, garnering more than 5,000 signatures on his petition.


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