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10
Sep

Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books from the Ethnographic Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa

The ten recently digitised documents from the Ethnographic Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa are dominated by manuscripts. The whole set is thematically varied and comprises i.a. the catalogue of the Capuchin library in Zákupy from 1778 (RK 134), the history of the Servite monastery Mountain of the Mother of God (Muttergottesberg) in Králíky (RK 135) and sheet-music manuscripts from the monastery of the Order of Hermits of St Augustine in Česká Lípa (RK 87, RK 117). The manuscript RK-A 2, containing the lives of saints, including St Procopius, comes from the same monastery. Early printed books are represented by Žaltář, totižto písně chval božských [The Psalter, or Songs in Praise of God], a unique book printed by Jiří the Younger Melantrich of Aventinum in 1581, and a part of the binder’s volume of works on the theory of painting and astronomy, whose textual units originated in Germany during the 16th century (accession number 60216).

10
Sep

Manuscripts and Printed Books from the Slavonic Library

The National Library of the CR – the Slavonic Library has provided access to another nine documents (manuscripts with one exception) from its collections. The codices come from Russia and Croatia from the 17th and 18th centuries, but the range of the languages represented is wider (Church Slavonic, Croatian, Italian, Latin and Serbian). The group is heterogeneous in terms of content as well – it comprises e.g. texts of theatrical plays, works on the life and rule of Peter the Great, written by Petr Krekshin, and a copy of the book on sibyls by Nikolai Spathari. The only printed book is Ulozhenie Tsaria Alekseia Mikhailovicha from 1649.

10
Sep

Medieval Manuscripts from the National Museum Library

The National Museum Library (NML) digitised another three medieval manuscripts in 2018. The oldest of them is Glossa ordinaria (XVI A 3) from the second quarter of the 14th century, a part of a larger set that used to belong to Augustinian Canons in Roudnice nad Labem. The illuminated missal from the Prague diocese XVI A 12, also referred to as the Missal of the Priest Silvester, was made in the last third of the 14th century. The breviary XVI A 2 was written in the first third of the 15th century and probably came to the NML collections from the monastery of Augustinian Canons in Rokycany.

14
Aug

Sheet-Music Manuscripts from the National Library

Thirty manuscripts, mostly from the beginning of the 19th century, were digitised from the collections of the Music Department of the National Library in 2018. They are the scores of works by W. A. Mozart, especially symphonies, but also various of his smaller works were made accessible. All of these documents form part of the set of the Mozart Memorial, which was established in the National Library in 1837 as the very first Mozarteum in the world. It contains a representative selection of Mozart’s work, especially historically important copies and the first printed editions.

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