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Printed Books from the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen

In 2018, the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen digitised one incunabulum and two early printed books. The incunabulum, a part of the Bible complemented by various exegeses (shelf mark 502 A 009), was printed in Venice in 1495 and its binding was made for Pope Paul IV in the middle of the 16th century. The earlier printed book contains two works printed in Nuremberg in the second half of the 17th century with examples of calligraphy, whereas the later, Anweisung zu der allgemeinen Reiß und Zeichnung-Kunst by Johann Georg Seiller, comes from Zurich from 1757.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Manuscripts from the Slavonic Library

Eight manuscripts from the collections of the Slavonic Library were digitised in 2017. The earliest of them are the incomplete Sudebnik of Ivan III, a collection of laws of the Russian state (shelf mark B 1), copied around 1560, and a liturgical codex (shelf mark T 4311), made in Ukraine most likely at the end of the 16th century. The other digitised manuscripts come from the 17th and 18th centuries, specifically from the areas of Russia, Ukraine and Croatia.

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Medieval Manuscripts from the Museum of the Brno Region

The Museum of the Brno Region digitised five medieval manuscripts coming from the library of the Benedictine Abbey in Rajhrad in 2017. Apart from collections of sermons, written by Andreas de Broda and Albertus de Padua, they include the medical collection R 421 and the codex R 427, containing texts of diverse content, comprising legends, confession works, the treatise De ludo scaccorum by Jacob de Cessolis and others.

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Modern Manuscripts from the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec

The North Bohemian Museum in Liberec provided access to three modern codices from its collections in 2017. They contain extracts from judicial quaterni of the registers of landed property (tabulae terrae) from 1557–1600 (Inv. No. ST 1609), a copy of the work of Victorinus Cornelius O práviech, súdiech i dskách země České knihy devatery [Nine Books on the Laws, Courts and the Land Registers of the Kingdom of Bohemia] made in Hradec Králové in 1609 (Inv. No. ST 1607), and a collection of copies of documents and accounts of the family of the counts of Colloredo-Waldsee (Inv. No. ST 1621).

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Manuscripts from the Military History Institute Prague

The Military History Institute Prague has digitised another 30 manuscripts from its collections, mostly from the 18th century. In terms of content, these mainly include an army training manual, but also cartography and theoretical works on fortifications are represented; a commentary on firearms in shelf mark IIR C 15860 is exceptional for the number of drawings. Most of the digitised volumes come from the library of the Thun-Hohenstein family in Děčín and from the library of the dukes of Saxony and Teschen.

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Medieval Manuscripts from the National Museum Library

The National Museum Library digitised three manuscripts from its collections in 2017. Two of them, coming from the 14th century, were part of the library of the monastery of the Augustinian Canons in Roudnice nad Labem in the Middle Ages – one is a set of works by Saint Ambrose, which is of Italian (probably Bolognese) origin (XVI A 14), and the other is a commentary on the Book of Job, completed in 1354 (XVI A 15). The last manuscript, the Latin Bible, was copied for Master Ondřej in 1440 (XVI A 1).

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Printed Books from the National Library of Technology

The National Library of Technology digitised ten printed books and their binder’s volumes in 2017. The works were printed in the 18th century – mostly in Germany, but also in Poland and Switzerland; the earliest digitised printed book is a part of the work Elementa matheseos universae by Christian Wolff, printed in Geneva in 1735. Besides mathematics, also natural-science treatises as well as practical guides (astronomy, geometry, surveying, accounting, etc.) are represented.

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