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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department

Actualities

Exhibition "Ad mandatum domini Regis: From Royal Chancery and Library of the King Wenceslaus IV"

You are welcome to the exhibition made in cooperation of the National Archive of the Czech Republic and the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books of the National Library of the Czech Republic to commemorate the 600th anniversary of death of the Roman and Czech King Wenceslaus IV. The exhibition starts on 3th September 2019 in the building of the 1. Department of the National Archive (Milada Horáková 5/133, Prague 6). The it moves into the National Library of the Czech Republic. The exhibition in the Library will be completed with an extraordinary exhibition (27th-28th September, Mirror Chapel) presenting original manuscripts from the period of Wenceslaus IV

New manuscript with sermons by Michal Blažek, a pastor of Evangelical Church of Helvetic Confession

We bought a new manuscript!!! An unique early modern manuscript with a collection of sermons by Michal Blažek, priest of Evangelical Church of Helvetic Confession was written 1789-1790 in Moravia. Michal Blažek was very interesting person, not only a pastor, but also a Free Mason. This manuscript presents development of Czech literature and reflection of French Revolution in temporary text.

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 have digitized another 12 manuscripts !!! These were mainly medical and astronomical manuscripts (for example I E 42, I H 2, III C 2 or I F 11), mostly from the 15th century. Interesting drawings and sketchesIn are in the manuscript III C 2. Other manuscripts include works by Thomas Aquinensis (III E 5 and III E 6), Johannes Hymnonides (III E 11), Petrus de Tarantasia (later Pope Innocence V, III E 9). A mixed-texture manuscript from the former Premonstratensian monastery in Weissenau (XXIII G 49) and the codex with texts by Peregrinus de Opolia (XXIII F 136) were selected from the former Prague Lobkowicz´library. The manuscript III E 12 with texts by Ambrosius Mediolanensis from the 12th century is valuable.  All (and many others) are freely accessible in the Manuscriptorium Virtual Library www.manuscriptorium.com.

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).