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Medieval Manuscripts from the National Library of the Czech Republic

The National Library of the CR has provided access to some medieval manuscripts. The oldest of them comes from the 12th century, but most of them were not written until the late Middle Ages. In terms of content, the works include the Bible and its exegeses (those whose authors have been identified comprise e.g. the manuscript III.F.18 by Nicholas of Lyra or the concordance of the Gospels by Mikuláš Biskupec of Pelhřimov in III.F.5), but also patristic and medical works (the extensive compendium by Gilbert of England in III.H.20), preaching, legal and ancient literature (Ovid’s works in III.H.24a–III.H.24c). Some manuscripts are interesting not only for their content but also for their information on former owners: the owner of the codex III.G.1 was Vojtěch Raňkův of Ježov, who had probably acquired it during his work in Paris; the manuscript III.E.34 is one of the few manuscripts that have been preserved from the library of the Reček College (Collegium sanctissimae Mariae) of the Prague university.

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Early Printed Books from the National Technical Library

Národní technická knihovna zpřístupnila v roce 2018 devět starých tisků. Nejstarším z nich je italský překlad Eukleidova díla, vytištěný v Benátkách v roce 1585 (A 232); z Basileje z roku 1678 pochází pojednání o trigonometrii Georga Friedricha Meyera s četnými dřevořezy (A 241). Ostatní tisky vznikly v 18. století, převážně v Německu a jeden další rovněž v Itálii. Po obsahové stránce jde o texty matematické, ale také o prezentace vynálezů, které měly sloužit k pobavení.

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Modern Manuscripts from the Military History Institute

The Military History Institute in Prague provided access to seventeen manuscripts from the collections of its library in 2018. Most of them come from the 18th century and are written in German. These are chiefly manuals for marching and military exercises and texts on fortress architecture (the most extensive of them is the set of documents of Johannes Christoph Glaser, which were further reworked by Friedrich Ludwig Aster), also e.g. a handwritten copy of the printed book Grundsätze der Lagerkunst und Taktik by Frederick II with a planned supplement, and documents on military exercises of the Austrian army 1781–1804.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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Medieval Manuscripts from the Regional Museum in Mikulov

The Regional Museum in Mikulov digitised five medieval codices in 2018. The oldest of them is manuscript MIK 6365 from the turn of the 14th century, containing a summary of the contents of Biblical books by Peter of Poitiers and the interpretation of the Books of Sentences by William of Auxerre. The other manuscripts are of Czech origin and come from between the end of the 14th century and the end of the 15th century. They mostly comprise collections of sermons, whose authors include Matthew of Kraków, Bertold of Regensburg, Tomášek of Strakonice and Albert of Padua; manuscript MIK 6362 contains various works for confession; codex MIK 6361 consists of miscellaneous astronomical texts.

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A Binder’s Volume from the Collections of the Regional Museum in Louny

In 2018, the Regional Museum in Louny provided access to a binder’s volume containing geographical works printed in Amsterdam in 1674–1676 and dealing with China (Olfert Dapper: Gedenkwürdige Verrichtung der Niederländischen ost-indischen Gesellschaft in dem Käiserreich Taising oder Sina and Beschreibung des Keyserthums Sina oder Taising). Both printed books are accompanied by a number of illustrative copper-plate engravings depicting Chinese scenes.

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Modern Manuscripts from the Regional Museum in Teplice

In 2018, the Regional Museum in Teplice provided access to a set of twenty manuscripts of homogeneous content from the 18th century. These are Teplice (shelf marks MS 73–MS 91) and Carlsbad (shelf mark MS 92) spa guest lists. The Teplice lists record spa guests in 1709, 1746, 1769, 1783 and then in a continuous series from 1789 until 1800; the Carlsbad list is related to the year 1797 or 1798.

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