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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department


The new head of our Department

We would like to inform you about the change of management of our Department. PhDr. Veronika Procházková, long-term manager, has been to the December 31st 2020 retired. The management of our Department, as well as all its joys and sorrows, was taken over from January 1st 2021 by Mgr. Jan Vojtíšek.

PF 2021

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Book of Hours from Sychrov VI D 25, cca 1500, France).

New specialist in the map collection

Mgr. Jakub Fryje, working on the term project until the end of this year, took over from our colleague Mgr. Jan Vojtíšek the map collection (ie a map collection up to 1800) and thus became an old-new reinforcement of our Department.

Study Room ClosedClosing of the National Library

Dear colleagues, the National Library of the Czech Republic will be closed as a precautionary measure related to spreading COVID-19 from Friday, December 18, 2020.

We apologize for eventual inconveniences and thank you for your kind understanding.

Recommended Citing of Shelfmarks from Historical Collections

We provide the recommended citing of shelfmarks from historical collections deposited in our Department:

  1. For Czech texts: NK Praha+shelfmark (e.g. NK Praha XIII C 1a or/and NK Praha XIII.C.1a)
  2. For English texts: NL Prague+shelfmark (e.g. NL Prague XIII C 1a or/and NL Prague XIII.C.1a)
  3. For German texts: NB Prag+shelfmark (e.g. NB Prag XIII C 1a or/and NB Prag XIII.C.1a)

Professional internship for undergraduate and graduate students

We offer unpaid intership opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in library and information science. It has been based on personal needs and on the specific education, training, skills and interest of the student. Stipends are generally not offered by the Department, but we offer an individual approach, a possibility to meet special collections of manuscripts, incunabulas and printed books and a nice working environment. If you are interested, you can contact the head of Department, PhDr. Veronika Procházková, or the contact person PhDr. Renáta Modráková.

Revision of our Study Room Information Guide!!!

Please note the changes to our Information Guide. Among other things, we draw attention to the fact that it is now allowed to take photos from historical collections of all kinds: a camera or a mobile can only be used after a prior consulation and a permission of a stuff in the Study Room, without flash/intense light and only for personal need.

Newly digitized manuscripts

We digitized another 25 manuscripts !!! These were mainly manuscripts from colleges of the medieval university in Prague (for example IV F 10, IV H 16). The manuscripts date from the 13th century to the end of the 16th century. Interesting astrological drawings are available in the codex IV G 11 from the second half of the 16th century. Most manuscripts are textual without decoration, but some individuals have interesting initials (for example IV F 8). The manuscripts were used by students and professors of the university, which corresponds to their compositions. Theological manuscripts predominate (for example Postilla litteralis et moralis super minores prophetas by Nicholas of Lyra IV.G.17), but there are also several medical ones, such as De viribus herbarum, partim cum commentario by Macerus Floridus from the library of Jan Ondřejův called Šindel (IV. G.9). The rare manuscript I.D.3 with letters of a prominent humanist and writer Bohuslav Hasištejnský from Lobkovice was digitized. All of them are freely accessible in the Manuscriptorium Virtual Library

Order books to our Reading Room electronically: from the General Catalogue I, separate (the separate mode is for ordering 1. Manuscripts, Incunabula; 2. Early Printed Books via STT).


Jan 18, 2021
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