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Early Printed Books from the National Technical Library

The National Technical Library has provided access to twelve early printed books and their binder’s volumes from the 18th century. The printed books are written in German, with smaller parts in some being in French. In terms of content, these are mostly works on architecture. The oldest volume is an introduction to civil engineering by Augustin-Charles d'Aviler, printed in Amsterdam in 1700; some digitised prints contain only sets of copperplate engravings with views of individual buildings or their parts and their ground plans.


A Printed Postil from the Town Museum and Gallery Polička

The Town Museum and Gallery Polička has provided access to the Sunday and holiday postil by Vojtěch Šebestián Scipio-Berlička, printed in the Jesuit printing workshop in the Old Town of Prague in 1667–1668 (shelf mark K 222). The book is enriched by a number of woodcuts illustrating the Biblical text presented.


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.