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Early printed books from the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the CR

From the collections of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the CR, v.v.i., a binder’s volume of incunabula and several early printed books have been digitised. The incunabula (shelf mark B 12261) were printed in Cologne in 1497 and 1499, whereas the early printed books come from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain from 1631–1780. They contain a panegyric on Maria Theresa and comprise mainly historical and geographical literature.


Digitised Graduals and Antiphonaries from the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov

A homogeneous set of large liturgical manuscripts – antiphonaries and graduals from the collections of the Strahov Library has been digitised. Individual codices come from the period between the end of the 15th century and the 17th century. The oldest of them is the gradual of Friars Minor DA I 4, probably of Silesian origin, which was later owned by the monastery in Znojmo. Gradual DA I 5 was made directly in the Strahov monastery at the beginning of the 17th century. It was written by the Premonstratensian scribe Jan Václav Šícha and commissioned by the abbot of the Strahov monastery Johann Lohel. The other codices (DA I 1–3) are of foreign origin. Like DA I 5, they are quite richly decorated, but the quality of the illuminations is not considered as high.


Manuscripts of the National Library of the CR

The manuscripts of the National Library of the Czech Republic that have recently been made accessible can be divided into three smaller groups. The largest group comes from the old Klementinum collection and includes medieval manuscripts of Czech origin. Their content is quite varied – they comprise theological, medical, astronomical as well as legal works. Manuscript VI.F.17 contains a collection of sermons, compiled by Mikuláš Mníšek, using also some texts of John Hus. Another three digitised codices come from the collections of the former Prague Lobkowicz Library – these are two manuscripts from the 12th–13th centuries acquired from the library of the Premonstratensian monastery in Weissenau and the so-called Heermann’s Rožmberk Chronicle. The smallest is the two-volume anti-Lutheran work Dictionarium Lutheri by Joseph Ernst Barisien.


UNESCO 70th anniversary

Manuscriptorium provides access to manuscript collection of the Czech Reformation and to university theses collection, that are  parts of the list of the UNESCO Memory of the World. Manuscriptorium took part in creating recommendation for digitization of the written and documentary heritage. Thus it has gained the right to publish UNESCO 70th anniversary logo on its homepage.