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Manuscripts from the Regional Museum in Teplice

From the collections of the Regional Museum in Teplice, a thematically homogeneous collection of five codices, probably coming from the last third of the 17th century, was digitised in 2019. One of the manuscripts is written in Latin and contains ‘statuta philosophorum incognitorum’ and an unfinished copy of leafs written by the alchemist Michael Sendivogius; the others mostly use French and comprise sets of alchemical, medical, chemical, technical, and other guidelines and procedures. All codices are connected with the stay and activities of the alchemist Bartolomeus Mencelius at the castle in Teplice in the last third of the 17th century, after which they became part of the castle library of the Clary-Aldringen family.


A Gradual from the Collections of the Regional Museum and Gallery in Most

The Regional Museum and Gallery in Most has provided access to a manuscript referred to as the Unfortunate Hymnal from Most from its collections. The codex contains hymns for the Mass, but also for the Liturgy of the Hours. It was made for the brotherhood of Corpus Christi and the Virgin Mary at the church of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Most. Based on a contract from 27 July 1537, the town of Most commissioned the making of the codex to the scribe and illuminator Jakub from Pilsen. The manuscript was to be completed by 15 October 1538. In fact, however, it was not handed over to the users until May 1544. It has been damaged by the cutting out of a number of leaves of the manuscript, including all with illuminated decoration.


Manuscripts from the Regional Museum in Mikulov

From the Regional Museum in Mikulov, another five codices and their parts have been digitised. A copy of the theological dictionary Floretus, which, according to Czech marginal glosses, was written in the Czech lands (MIK 6373), is dated to the year 1416. Parts of the theological dictionary MIK 6369 are dated as well, specifically to 1475. Fragments of a missal from the 14th–15th centuries are deposited under the shelf mark MIK 6391. Modern manuscripts are represented by a copy of a part of the Third Order of Saint Francis (MIK 6390) and a collection of legal texts (MIK 6371).