European Digital Library of Written Cultural Heritage

The Manuscriptorium project is creating a virtual research environment providing access to all existing digital documents in the sphere of historic book resources (manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books, maps, charters and other types of documents). These historical resources, otherwise scattered in various digital libraries around the world, are now available under a single digital library interface. The service provides seamless access to more than 5 million digital images.

09/01/2014 - 11:52

The medieval manuscripts that have recently been made accessible come from the collections of the National Library of the CR, both from its basic holdings and from the Prague Lobkowicz Library. The first part is represented mainly by collections of sermons, whose authors include i.a. Peregrinus of Opole and Conrad Waldhauser, as well as theological and astronomical works. From the second group, the manuscript Tripartitus moralium, which belonged to Václav Koranda, Jnr, and the dictionary Ex quo have been digitised.

12/11/2013 - 11:36

From the collection of the National Library of Medicine, Prague, the binder’s volume T 58 with Josef Schmid’s works Examen chirurgicum and Instrumenta chirurgica, printed in Augsburg in 1649, was digitised in 2013.

12/11/2013 - 11:25

The National Archives has provided access to another part of the collection Waldstein Castle Library in the Doksy Chateau, comprising printed books and leaflets from the period of the Thirty Years’ War. The individual titles come from Germany, England and Italy from 1626–1635.

12/11/2013 - 11:02

Most of the newly digitised documents are medieval manuscripts in the collections of the National Library of the Czech Republic, comprising theological, philosophical and sermonic works. Many of them are related to the Prague university: lectures on the interpretation of Aristotle’s books De caelo et mundo in codex V.E.11 were given in Prague; manuscript VIII.F.20 was written by Bachelor of Liberal Arts Václav in Prague; the binder’s volume VIII.H.32 was donated to Charles College by Emperor Charles IV. Also the mystical treatise Malogranatum, which was written by an unknown abbot of the Zbraslav monastery and parts of which were copied in IX.A.7 and VIII.B.30, is connected with the Czech lands.

12/11/2013 - 11:00

The digitisation of the collections of the Museum of the Brno Region continued with further medieval codices of the library of the monastery in Rajhrad. In terms of content, they are liturgical manuscripts (antiphonary R 17, pontifical R 401) and collected works of Petrarch (R 357), which are accompanied by additional texts in other codices (in R 358 i.a. by the collection of formal documents Summa Cancellariae Caroli IV., in R 349 by Marian Offices and other prayers).

11/10/2013 - 13:55

A newly digitised collection is represented predominantly by manuscripts from the collections in the Military History Institute in Prague. They come from the period between the second half of the 17th century and the early 19th century. Some of them are sources with a significant proportion of pictorial material (drawings of guns IIR A 463, of fortifications IIR G 36/1-2, IIR F 544, with an accompanying text IIR A 251, drawings of siege work IIR F 372, of marching and battle groups IIR G 51); written sources mostly contain records of military conflicts (Great Northern War IIR G 437, Russian-Turkish War IIR F 485) or lists of officers (IIR B 1576, IIR C 3260).

12/09/2013 - 10:01

The collections of the Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen are represented among the newly digitised documents by manuscripts as well as printed books. The manuscripts comprise a group of five prayer books, mostly of Czech origin from the second half of the 18th century; the printed books are much more heterogeneous – three binder’s volumes contain incunabula and early printed books printed in Germany, Belgium, Italy and two printed books from the workshop of Daniel Adam of Veleslavín.


12/09/2013 - 09:54

The Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the CR, v. v. i., has contributed to the expansion of the content of the Manuscriptorium with printed books, among which we should mention at least the incunabulum Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel from 1497 and the binder’s volume of the maps of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Poland from the 18th century. Other early printed books contain inter alia editions of historical sources, historiographical and genealogical works, and works dedicated to urban law.

12/09/2013 - 09:48

The highest number of the newly digitised documents are deposited in the collections of the National Library of the CR. They are first of all medieval manuscripts, with the time of their origin ranging from the 12th until the 15th centuries. Apart from the codices that belonged to the theologian Václav Koranda, Jnr, and became part of the university library probably after his death in 1519, also manuscripts from the library in the monastery in Osek and from the former Prague Lobkowicz Library have been digitised.

12/09/2013 - 09:36

The digitised sheet music in the collections of the Music Department of the National Library of the CR comes predominantly from the last quarter of the 18th century, or from the first quarter of the following century. The most frequently represented composers include among others Josef Mysliveček, but also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Gluck.