European Digital Library of Written Cultural Heritage

The Manuscriptorium project is creating a virtual research environment providing access to all existing digital documents in the sphere of historic book resources (manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books, maps, charters and other types of documents). These historical resources, otherwise scattered in various digital libraries around the world, are now available under a single digital library interface. The service provides seamless access to more than 5 million digital images.

13/06/2014 - 11:15

In cooperation with the Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Cartography, the Manuscriptorium has provided access to another part of the map collection in the National Library in Prague. The use of a large-format scanner has made it possible to digitise map sheets in a single image. For this reason, also some of the documents that had already been published were digitised anew, like in 2013.

05/05/2014 - 16:32

Four manuscripts of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov have been digitised. The earliest of them is a collection of the works of St John Cassian, written in the monastery of Hradisko near Olomouc in the 1130s–40s (DA III 25). The collection DA IV 42 comes from the library of the monastery in Weissenau. The Bible DA IV 22 was made in the Czech lands. Salzburg seems to be the place of origin of the catalogue of the local bishops and archbishops (DA II 28) created after 1615, which is complemented by their coats of arms.

05/05/2014 - 16:25

The Music Department of the National Library of the Czech Republic has recently made 40 manuscripts accessible. They are (exceptionally autographic) scores mostly from the second half of the 18th century and from the first half of the 19th century. The authors of the individual works include i.a. Josef Mysliveček, František Xaver Brixi, Jakub Jan Ryba, Vincenc Mašek, Leopold Koželuh, Jiří Ignác Linka and Jan Křtitel Vaňhal.

09/04/2014 - 08:41

The manuscripts that have recently been made accessible form a homogeneous set of early prints from the collections of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the CR, v. v. i. They are Czech and German, mainly historical, works of the 16th–18th centuries; cartographic resources are represented by Neuer Atlas uber die gantze Welt of Johann Baptist Homann from 1714.

09/01/2014 - 11:52

The medieval manuscripts that have recently been made accessible come from the collections of the National Library of the CR, both from its basic holdings and from the Prague Lobkowicz Library. The first part is represented mainly by collections of sermons, whose authors include i.a. Peregrinus of Opole and Conrad Waldhauser, as well as theological and astronomical works. From the second group, the manuscript Tripartitus moralium, which belonged to Václav Koranda, Jnr, and the dictionary Ex quo have been digitised.

12/11/2013 - 11:36

From the collection of the National Library of Medicine, Prague, the binder’s volume T 58 with Josef Schmid’s works Examen chirurgicum and Instrumenta chirurgica, printed in Augsburg in 1649, was digitised in 2013.

12/11/2013 - 11:25

The National Archives has provided access to another part of the collection Waldstein Castle Library in the Doksy Chateau, comprising printed books and leaflets from the period of the Thirty Years’ War. The individual titles come from Germany, England and Italy from 1626–1635.

12/11/2013 - 11:02

Most of the newly digitised documents are medieval manuscripts in the collections of the National Library of the Czech Republic, comprising theological, philosophical and sermonic works. Many of them are related to the Prague university: lectures on the interpretation of Aristotle’s books De caelo et mundo in codex V.E.11 were given in Prague; manuscript VIII.F.20 was written by Bachelor of Liberal Arts Václav in Prague; the binder’s volume VIII.H.32 was donated to Charles College by Emperor Charles IV. Also the mystical treatise Malogranatum, which was written by an unknown abbot of the Zbraslav monastery and parts of which were copied in IX.A.7 and VIII.B.30, is connected with the Czech lands.

12/11/2013 - 11:00

The digitisation of the collections of the Museum of the Brno Region continued with further medieval codices of the library of the monastery in Rajhrad. In terms of content, they are liturgical manuscripts (antiphonary R 17, pontifical R 401) and collected works of Petrarch (R 357), which are accompanied by additional texts in other codices (in R 358 i.a. by the collection of formal documents Summa Cancellariae Caroli IV., in R 349 by Marian Offices and other prayers).

11/10/2013 - 13:55

A newly digitised collection is represented predominantly by manuscripts from the collections in the Military History Institute in Prague. They come from the period between the second half of the 17th century and the early 19th century. Some of them are sources with a significant proportion of pictorial material (drawings of guns IIR A 463, of fortifications IIR G 36/1-2, IIR F 544, with an accompanying text IIR A 251, drawings of siege work IIR F 372, of marching and battle groups IIR G 51); written sources mostly contain records of military conflicts (Great Northern War IIR G 437, Russian-Turkish War IIR F 485) or lists of officers (IIR B 1576, IIR C 3260).