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Digitised documents from the Museum of the Jindřichův Hradec Region

From the collections of the Museum of the Jindřichův Hradec Region, one manuscript, containing German recipes written in 1744–1746, and 13 early printed books were digitised in 2016. The printed books mostly come from the 18th century, namely from Jindřichův Hradec printing workshops, run by Franz Anton Schönstein and Hynek Vojtěch Hilgartner. An exception is formed by two Prague printed books, one of which was printed in the printing workshop of Jiří Melantrich of Aventinum in 1567 (Knížka potěšitedlná všechněm těhotným a rodícím manželkám /A Book to Be Enjoyed by All Pregnant Women and Those Giving Birth/, S 104) and the other, also complemented by handwritten prayers, was printed in the Old Town Jesuit printing workshop in 1738 (Manuale Tironis Christiani et Parthenii, S 327).

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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Library of the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen

Three manuscripts and two binder’s volumes of printed books were digitised from the collections of the Library of the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen in 2016. The manuscripts are sketch-books of Marie Eleonore Windisch-Grätz, Princess of Schwarzenberg (1796–1848), the wife of Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, from 1814–1829. The individual parts of both binder’s volumes of early printed books were printed in various Austrian and German printing houses in the first third of the 16th century; they comprise Latin and German theological works and sermons.

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Digitised Documents from the Slavonic Library of the National Library of the CR

The digitised documents from the Slavonic Library come from the period between the 16th and 18th centuries. They include both manuscripts and printed books; apart from Old Church Slavonic, they are also written in Old Croatian. The most important works for cultural history are the Ostrog Bible, the first complete printed edition of all Bible books in Old Church Slavonic from 1581, and the first printed edition of an evangeliary in Ukraine (Lvov, 1636).

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Two Bibles from the Town Museum and Gallery Polička

From the collections of the Town Museum and Gallery Polička, two important works related to the history of Czech book printing and Bible translation were made accessible in 2016: the second edition of the one-volume Bible of Kralice from 1613 and the first part of the Old Testament of the St Wenceslas Bible from 1715. The first of them is also interesting for its earlier fortunes – it belonged i.a. to the monastery at Karmel in Mladá Boleslav.

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Early Printed Books of the Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa

Sixteen early printed books or their binder’s volumes that have been digitised come from the collections of the Ethnographic Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa. They were written between the 16th century and the turn of the 19th century and mostly include Bohemica. They from a part of the collection bequeathed to this institution by Bohumil Malotín. In a number of cases, they are unique copies. In terms of content, these include calendars (some even with handwritten comments), prayers and hymns, chapbooks, postils and other texts. The only exception among the Czech-language printed books is the mostly Latin collection Hymnodia Franciscana.

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Medieval Manuscripts in the National Museum Library

The digitisation of the collections in the National Museum Library has continued in 2016 with four manuscripts from the 14th century. The oldest of them (XV A 2) comes from its first third; in the Middle Ages, it was a part of the library of the Cistercian monastery in Zlatá Koruna, where it is likely to have been written. The remaining three illuminated codices were written in the second half of the 14th century; they belonged to the convent of Augustinian Canons in Roudnice nad Labem. All the manuscripts contain theological and homiletic texts.

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Sheet Music from the National Library of the Czech Republic

The set of digitised sheet music from the collections of the Music Department of the National Library of the Czech Republic has been augmented by another 57 shelf marks. The oldest manuscript digitised is a Dominican collection of texts for the Office, hymns and a part of the proper of the Mass for selected feast days of the liturgical year from the end of the 15th century. A large part of later items is represented by works by Jan Nepomuk Kaňka, partly preserved in an autograph. Other authors represented include e.g. F. X. Brixi, V. Maschek and B. D. Weber.

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Collections of hymns and prayers in the Moravian Land Museum

In 2016, six partly notated manuscripts from the collections of the Ethnographic Institute of the Moravian Museum have been digitised. The oldest of them is the Hymnal of Martin Bursík from 1736–1737 written in Kuželov (the Hodonín district); the others are of Czech and Moravian origin and come from the 19th century. In terms of content, these are collections of hymns and prayers for various occasions.

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Digitised Documents of the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec

In 2016, the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec has digitised five shelf marks. Besides a collection of engravings, these comprise the history of the town of Liberec written by Karl Felgenhauer, a parish priest in Křižany, at the beginning of the 19th century, and an inventory of the church of St Lawrence in Chrastava from 1729 and 1737. The last two sets of loose sheets contain the tracing of the decorated parts of blind-stamped bindings, a result of the collecting activities of a significant scholar, Bohumil Nuska.

 

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Historiographical Sources from the Strahov Library

In 2016, the Library of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov has digitised a large collection of modern historiographical sources. These include extensive works (the German version of a part of the Memoirs of Count Vilém Slavata and the volumes of Annales Ferdinandei by Franz Christoph Khevenhüller, important for the study of the development of their final version) as well as sources on individual monasteries (Strahov, Doksany, and Svatý Kopeček near Olomouc).

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