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Find early printed books

Early printed books, i.e. books printed between 1501 and 1800, and other historical book collections from the beginning of literature up to 1800 are kept in the Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department, more details about historical book collections.


Online sources

We recommend to search the requested early printed books in the following online sources.

Online Manuscriptorium - open catalogue of historical collections searching 
There are records of all Czech language early printed books of the National Library (and some in other languages) and digital copies of selected  printed books.

General catalogue I searching
(if you know author or title - in case the searched document has no author)

Online Knihopis Digital searching
Electronic version of a well-known printed handbook for incunabula and early printed books in Czech language (up to 1800 - shelf marks of the National Library of the Czech Republic are also given there; if you wish to find copies kept in the NL only, type ´Praha, NK´ into the column for Town (Place) of storage.

Databases on CD-ROM

CD-ROM Bibliografie cizojazyčných bohemikálních tisků z let 1501-1800, I. Produkce tiskáren .... searching
Scanned catalogue of bibliography of Bohemical documents in foreign languages, including a scanned index of printers, an index of printed Bohemical documents and relevant literature.



Oct 09, 2012
printed books published before 1800 must be ordered personally beforehand in the  Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department or via Scanned catalogues

Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department
phone: +420 221 663 280

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