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.

03/08/2012 - 19:26

Four documents from the collections of the Museum and Gallery of National History and Geography in Česká Lípa have been digitised, namely one manuscript and three early printed books or their binders’ volumes. Manuscript ST 795 contains a Latin grammar of Upper Sorbian, compiled by Jan Jurij Prokop Hanschke, to which also the printed work Principia linguae Wendicae by Jacobus Xaverius Ticinus is thematically related. The other printed books contain grammar treatises written for instruction at Augustinian order studies.

03/08/2012 - 19:26

 Seven manuscripts covering a broad content as well as time range from the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov have been made accessible: they are monuments of the Czech language and literature (the so-called Dlabač’s Old Testament, the so-called Strahov New Testament, The Lives of the Fathers of the Desert, Barlaam and Josaphat), theological and liturgical manuscripts and a volume of annals of the Jesuit Province of Bohemia for 1730–1733.

20/06/2012 - 14:33

The newly digitised documents come from the collections of the Music Department of the National Library of the CR. With some exceptions, they are the records of the works of important authors active in the second half of the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th century (Jiří Ignác Linek (Linka), Václav Jan Kopřiva, Jakub Jan Ryba, Josef Mysliveček, Vincenc Mašek, František Xaver Brixi).

09/03/2012 - 12:46

Almost all the newly available documents come from the holdings of the National Library of the Czech Republic. In terms of content, the manuscripts vary in their focus. Theological and evangelistic literature is predominant, but texts from the spheres of philosophy and natural sciences are also included.

25/01/2012 - 13:53

The latest phase of the process of making available holdings of the National Library of the Czech Republic has focused on manuscripts and printed works frequently including unique 15th century broadsides – in the majority of cases these documents represent liturgical codices, prayer books, books of hours and religious education literature. Here, in addition to the predominant Latin, the language of the manuscripts is relatively frequently Czech or German.

09/01/2012 - 19:08

The majority of newly digitised medieval manuscripts from the holdings of the Moravian Regional Library in Brno come from the holdings of the library of the Franciscan Monastery in Moravská Třebová. These are examples of popular expository texts – the Morals on the Book of Job by Gregory I  and the Postil of Mikuláš z Lyry, complemented in two codices by further texts.

15/12/2011 - 17:26

Budapest University Library has made available a further 20 manuscripts from its holdings, which with 185 codices form the most notable collection of its kind on the territory of contemporary Hungary. Amongst the retrievable documents one can also find 13 items from the so-called Biblioteca Corviniana (Cod. Lat. 1 – 13), the noted extensive library of Matthias Corvinus, the extant volumes from which are today dispersed among numerous institutions throughout Europe and the United States. These are texts by classical authors, one of the manuscripts (Cod. Lat.

25/11/2011 - 13:56

These maps complement the collection of individual old sheet maps and plans from the Department of Manuscripts and Old Printed Books of the National Library of the Czech Republic, only selectively represented In recent years. This collection was created during the 20th century from compulsory copies, purchases, donations, exchanges, subsequently processed collections from the so-called old reserves, confiscated items and individual copies transferred from their original Library departments. This collection is now fully digitised, including maps of Moravia from the collection of the eminent Comenius scholar Prof. Šmaha and a complete first edition of Müller's Map of Bohemia.

24/11/2011 - 11:56

The newly digitised documents from the National Library are primarily 18th century copies from the holdings of the Music Department. These are principally works by František Xaver Brixi, with a smaller number by Johann Baptist Vanhal (Jan Křtitel Vaňhal). Two Croatian manuscripts from the holdings of the Slavonic Library are now available, incorporating works by Ivan Gundulić and Junij Palmotić.

15/11/2011 - 12:32

19 manuscripts from the holdings of the Military History Institute in Prague represent a homogeneous digital collection. Chronologically, they range from the first half of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th century. They chiefly include diary records of military operations or sieges, but also descriptions of military exercises, and theoretical works relating to artillery and the construction of fortifications, drawings of strongholds and rolls of officers.