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Modern Manuscripts from the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov

Twenty-eight modern manuscripts were digitised from the collections of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov in 2018. They mostly come from two thematic groups – alba amicorum and historiographical sources mainly from the urban milieu. The first group comprises, for example, alba amicorum of Matouš Günther (DG IV 27), Josef and Rudolf Lidl of Myslov (AD VII 81), Michal Schumann and Kašpar Caselius (AD IV 123), Adam Lehner of Kouba (DF IV 24) and Kryštof Schilling (AD XIII 22); memorial records can also be found in the notebook of Jáchym and Jan of Nostitz (DB V 12). Historiographical texts and collections of excerpts on the history of individual towns are primarily related to Prague, such as the collection DJ II 8 and works by Andreas Jakob Vogdt (DJ II 10, DJ II 13) and Václav Jakš (DH III 20). Other towns include Český Brod (DF IV 42, DD II 5), Kouřim (DG II 36), Litoměřice (DA IV 1, DA IV 12), Mladá Boleslav (DF V 10, DG III 41), Pilsen (DC III 15, DD III 1) and Lower Silesian Bolesławiec (DB V 48). Works from the aristocratic milieu comprise a family chronicle compiled by Johann Georg von Höpflingen und Bergendorf (DG I 6), a genealogical work on the Wunschwitz family (DH II 22), and several manuscripts containing German texts of the Rosenberg Chronicle.


Early Printed Books of the National Medical Library in Prague

The National Medical Library in Prague has provided access to five early printed books or their binder’s volumes from its collections. The earliest of them is the collection of German medical texts, printed in Frankfurt am Main around the middle of the 16th century (shelf mark T 452), whereas the other printed books come from the period between the end of the 16th century and the end of the 18th century. Most of the works are German. The Czech ones are represented by Kniha o babském umění [A Textbook of Midwifery] by Raphael Johann Steidele, printed in 1778 (shelf mark T 446).


Manuscripts from the National Library of the Czech Republic

The newly digitized codices of the National Library come from three larger provenance sets: the old collection of the NL, manuscripts from the monastery in Teplá and the former Prague Lobkowicz Library. In terms of content, the group is quite varied, with the predominance of theological, liturgical and homiletic codices, but also some hagiographic, medical, grammatical, philosophical and legal works as well as Biblical manuscripts, in some cases with exegeses. Codices with extant ownership records come from important Czech medieval libraries: besides the colleges of the Prague university, they also comprise volumes from the Augustinian canonries in Roudnice nad Labem and Třeboň as well as the Cistercian monastery in Zlatá Koruna. The earliest digitized codices come from the 12th century, the latest from the beginning of the 16th century. The most frequent language is Latin, but the manuscripts digitised also include an important work of Czech literature, the so-called Manuscript from Hradec Králové, containing hymns and satires (shelf mark XXIII G 92), and among German codices some manuscripts with legal texts (Teplá MS. C 5, Teplá MS. D 13). Works interesting for the history of book painting are e.g. the codice Teplá MS. E 46, made in Magdeburg in 1491, the manuscripts of Czech origin Teplá MS. D 16 (the New Testament with a commentary) and Teplá MS. b 15 (a prayer book), and the Italian manuscript Teplá MS. E 8.