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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department


We wish you all the best in the new year and many research successes!!!

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 present you the next group of newly digitized manuscripts from our collections, codices from the former Lobkowicz Library!!! Digitized units have diverse contents (theological, liturgical, historical, philosophical ...) The oldest of them is from the 13th century, the youngest from the early 16th century. From the language point of view, Latin is strongly predominant, but it is possible to find a significant monument of Czech literature, the so-called Hradec manuscript with spiritual compositions and satirams (signed XXIII G 92) too. The list of Bishops of Wrocław (XXIII F 95) is a key manuscript for researching of Polish history. We recommend you the late medieval manuscript with texts of Brigitte of Sweden (XXIII G 57) or the original French Templar Rule (XXIII G 66) from the 13th century. All (and many others) are freely accessible in the Manuscriptorium Virtual Library

Small book with a great mystery

National Library of the Czech Republic boutht a small prayer book from 1655 at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions in London. This interesting manuscript belonging to Anna Kateřina Karbanová from Volšany also served as a memorial and brought many new insights into the Bohemian exultant culture.



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).


New virtual exhibition "and the word became music" from our collections.




Veronika Procházková


Jan 12, 2018
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