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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department

Actualities

New exhibition!!!

The Evacuation of Historical Collections of The Land and University Library at the Close of World War II
April 4 – May 11, 2019

The exhibition commemorates the 110th birth anniversary of PhDr. Emma Urbánková (1909–1992), an eminent Czech bibliologist and longtime head of the NL Manuscript Department. The display focuses on one special period, when she in 1943-1944 provided for the evacuation of the most precious documents from the Klementinum to Karlštejn Castle. Displayed is also a series of unique photographs discovered recently in the NL Archives. More information here.

 

 

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).