European Digital Library of Written Cultural Heritage

The Manuscriptorium project is creating a virtual research environment providing access to all existing digital documents in the sphere of historic book resources (manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books, maps, charters and other types of documents). These historical resources, otherwise scattered in various digital libraries around the world, are now available under a single digital library interface. The service provides seamless access to more than 5 million digital images.

07/10/2014 - 08:38

From the collections in the Museum of Jindřichův Hradec, a large collection of manuscripts and early printed books has been digitised. The earliest codices include a gradual from the beginning of the 16th century, used and complemented also in the next centuries (RK 533), and a breviary from 1521 (RK 001); later manuscripts are represented mainly by prayer books. The earliest printed book is Kniha lékařská [Medical Book] by Jan Černý (Niger), printed in Nuremberg in 1517 (S 0012); a collection of Latin occasional poetry comprises the binder’s volume S 0099. Other books printed in Czech and German come mainly from the eighteenth century, namely from the workshops of printers in Jindřichův Hradec: Jan Bedřich Jakeš, František Antonín Schönstein, Hynek (Ignác) Vojtěch and František Petr Hilgartner and Josef Alois Landfras.

07/10/2014 - 08:30

Another part of the manuscripts from the collections of the National Library that have been made accessible contains mainly modern handwritten copies of earlier historical sources coming from the Thun-Hohenstein library in Děčín (shelf mark XIX); handwritten copies of works by Bohuslav Balbín can be found in the two-volume manuscript XXIII.C.40. The medieval codices that have recently been digitised are of Czech origin and were written in the second half of the 14th century and at the beginning of the 15th century; in terms of content, they are an assortment of sermonic, mystical, natural-science, theological and philosophical works.


04/09/2014 - 14:15

From the collections of the Museum of Eastern Bohemia in Hradec Králové, a homogeneous group of five sheet-music codices that were created in the 16th century and at the beginning of the 17th century and belonged to the literati brotherhood at the choir of the church of the Holy Spirit in Hradec Králové (Hr 30–34) has been digitised. They contain records of individual voices of Latin polyphonic motets and songs or sacramental hymns.

04/09/2014 - 14:13

The digitisation of the National Archive collections continued by providing access to nine early printed books from the Waldstein Castle Library in the Doksy Chateau. They are all related to the events of the Thirty Year’s War, but they were printed in a broader time range (1629–1650) and in diverse lands (Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England and Spain).

04/09/2014 - 14:12

The documents of the National Library of the CR that have recently been digitised comprise mainly medieval manuscripts with theological and homiletic content, usually coming from the Czech lands from the 14th century or the beginning of the 15th century. Medical (VII.H.16) and liturgical (processional VI.G.3b from the beginning of the 14th century from the monastery of St George’s monastery at Prague Castle) manuscripts are represented as well.

04/09/2014 - 14:10

In 2014, the Research Library in Olomouc digitised two manuscripts with theological and homiletic content. They both come from the second half of the 14th century; one formed part of the library of the Carthusian monastery in Prague – Smíchov (M I 326) while the other belonged to the monastery of the same order in Dolany (M II 246).

02/07/2014 - 09:41

A major part of the recently digitised manuscripts of the National Library of the Czech Republic are codices of the former Prague Lobkowicz Library. A homogeneous collection is formed by eleven volumes of historical works and excerpts (XXIII.C.5/1–11) from the property of Thomas Anton Putzlacher; many of which contain works by the historian Jan Florián Hammerschmidt. Further manuscripts of the Lobkowicz collection come from the library of the Premonstratensian monastery in Weissenau and were written in the 12th–15th centuries. Six other manuscripts, written in German, contain also the three-volume chronicle of the Benedictine Emmaus Monastery, capturing the period of 1877–1930 (XVI.A.81–XVI.A.83). Last six manuscripts come from the 15th century and, with the exception of the Latin Historia destructionis Troiae by Guido de Columnis (VIII.B.17), these are exegeses of the Bible, mainly of the Book of Psalms.

02/07/2014 - 09:33

The digitisation of the collections of the Music Department of the National Library of the CR continued with four printed books; some of the codices were complemented by handwritten additions. Two of the books made accessible are binder’s volumes of voice books of vocal polyphony coming from the 16th century and printed in Germany and Switzerland; the Czech hymnal from 1727 was printed in the Old Town of Prague; and the last printed book was made in London in 1781.

02/07/2014 - 09:32

Two alba amicorum in the collections of the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec were digitised: the album of Philippe Casimir Le Pieque (Inv. No. ST 307) comprises inscriptions from 1756–1762, made in various parts of Germany; 14 of them are accompanied by illustrations. The inscriptions in the album of Johann August Werlisch (Inv. No. ST 302) come from Nuremberg and Leipzig from 1774–1776 and two of them are decorated.

02/07/2014 - 09:23

The Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen digitised illuminated manuscript fragments and early printed books in 2014. Most fragments come from a sheet-music liturgical codex and comprise small cut-out initials; other fragments come from the period between the 15th century and 1745. The early printed books were made in Germany (Wittenberg, Leipzig) and Switzerland (Basel) in 1504–1517.