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14
Oct

Printed Books from the Regional Museum in Louny

The Regional Museum in Louny digitised four early printed books or their collective volumes in 2019. The binder’s volume of Czech and Slovak educational texts and prayers S 6199 also contains some uniquely preserved printed books; it was formerly the property of the priest, writer and translator Juraj Ribay. The other books comprise a German cookbook from 1566 (S 4625), a German medical book with a herbarium from 1577 (S 4626), and an extensive guide to hunting and forestry from 1783 (S 5014).

16
Sep

Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Museum of the Jindřichův Hradec Region

The Museum of the Jindřichův Hradec Region provided access to another thirteen documents (nine manuscripts and four printed books) in 2019. The manuscripts coming from the 18th century comprise Czech and German prayer books. The owner of the manuscript RK 085, Josef Irmler, wrote in it short notes on the births, baptisms and deaths of the members of his family in 1728–1755. All the printed books also come from the 18th century. Three contain collections of prayers by Martin of Cochem; the fourth printed book is different, comprising Velmi pěkná historie o hraběti Jindřichovi [The Very Nice History of Count Jindřich] (shelf mark JK 0530), probably a uniquely preserved copy of the Jindřichův Hradec edition from the end of the 18th century.

16
Sep

Manuscripts from the National Museum Library

The National Museum Library digitised five volumes in 2019. Four medieval manuscripts went through the library of the Augustinian canonry in Roudnice nad Labem, but most of them are of foreign origin: they include an older Italian Bible (XVI A 5), a manuscript comprising the first part of the work of Bartholomew of Urbino Milleloquium sancti Ambrosii, which probably comes from Italy as well (XV A 4), and a codex written in France, containing concordances of the Bible by Hugh of Saint-Cher (XVI A 4); the missal XVI A 10 from the third quarter of the 14th century is of Czech origin. The last manuscript is the Czech Didactics by John Amos Comenius, a copy made around 1630 with Comenius’s handwritten changes and notes (II B 8).

16
Sep

Early Printed Books from the National Technical Library

The National Technical Library has provided access to twelve early printed books and their binder’s volumes from the 18th century. The printed books are written in German, with smaller parts in some being in French. In terms of content, these are mostly works on architecture. The oldest volume is an introduction to civil engineering by Augustin-Charles d'Aviler, printed in Amsterdam in 1700; some digitised prints contain only sets of copperplate engravings with views of individual buildings or their parts and their ground plans.

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