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.
 

01/11/2011 - 11:53

Four of the scarcest manuscripts from the holdings of the Research Library in Olomouc have been digitised: the two-part Olomouc Bible from the year 1417, mainly in the first edition of the Czech bible translation (M III 1/I, II), the so-called Missal of the Scribe Stephen, dating from around 1400, famous for its illumination (M III 6), and the summer part of the Gradual of the Premonstratensian Monastery in Louka dating from the year 1499, illuminated by Egidius Has, whose work in the South German tradition is enhanced by the inspiration of Italian Renaissance models. The Olomouc Bible and the Louka Gradual both contribute to the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic.

01/11/2011 - 11:10

Two historic works from the library holdings of the Museum of Western Bohemia in Pilsen have been digitised: the Lactifer Dictionary, printed in Pilsen by Mikuláš Bakalář in the year 1511, and a bundle of works principally by classical authors, printed in Leipzig by Jakob Tanner between 1508 and 1510, supplemented by numerous handwritten annotations. 

12/08/2011 - 14:37

This thematically homogeneous collection consists of 14 digitised maps from the holdings of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen. The respective maps date from the period 1781-1842 (the majority were created by Emanuel Recht in the 1830s) and they record Pilsen and the surrounding area.

12/08/2011 - 14:24

The majority of the newly available documents come from the holdings of the National Museum Library and of the Royal Canon of Premonstratensians at Strahov. The former are exclusively medieval codices, including works by authors of the Hussite period (postils of Mikuláš Biskupec of Pelhřimov and Petr Chelčický and brief medical texts by Zikmund Albík of Uničov).  Significant for the history of Czech literature is the so-called glossed psalter with Czech interlinear translations from the beginning of the 14th century, created at the Convent of St George at Prague Castle (XIV D 13). A German manuscript containing the text of the Buch der Natur by Konrad of Megenberg  dates from the year 1397.
Digitised items from the holdings of the Strahov Library  notably include the diaries of the Clementine Jesuit College covering the period 1691-1726, as well as    reports of Jesuit missionaries and the so-called Strahov manuscript of the Tovačovský Book. Digitisation of manuscripts from the holdings of the Regional Museum in Chrudim has also continued (a Latin gradual from the year 1530, from the workshop of Jan Táborský) and printed matter of  a professional medical and balneological nature held by the National Medical Library, Prague, and the Karlovy Vary Museum.

03/06/2011 - 12:49

The most extensive collection amongst the newly available documents consists of manuscripts and incunabula from the holdings of the Research Library in Olomouc. The manuscripts come from the library of the Carthusian Monastery in Dolany, later in Olomouc; they comprise a variety of theological, homiletic and legal codices. A further substantial collection comprises manuscripts from the Library of the Premonstratensian Monastery in Teplá.

03/06/2011 - 12:45

The new document updates are thematically consistent – they are printed (or, less frequently, manuscript) cartographical works. The majority are from the holdings of the National Library of the Czech Republic. Bohemian cartography is represented by a map of Moravia by Paul Fabricius, printed in Antwerp in the year 1573 (Y.d.42), Komenský‘s maps of Moravia and a number of maps of Bohemia and of its individual regions; there are also several interesting manuscript maps of Bohemian landed estates.

15/02/2011 - 15:49

The majority of the newly digitised documents are from the holdings of the National Museum Library. They include historiographical works (e.g. autograph of Pilsen memoirs by Šimon Plachý z Třebnice in manuscript V B 1 and a collection of historical works by Sixt von Ottersdorf in codex IV B 14), a homogeneous collection of Hussitica, notably works by Jan Rokycana (commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew - XII D 3, postilla - V B 21, commentary on canonical epistles and letters of St. Paul - II D 1a a II D 1b). Rokycana's commentary on part of the Gospel according to St. John also contains one of two documents made available by a new contributor - the Research Library of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (MS 1BE 33). Among contributions from the holdings of the National Library of the Czech Republic one could mention, for example, two books of hours, one of Franco-Flemish, the other of Italian provenance, presumably from Lucca (Osek 65 a Osek 64), a Pernštejn bible dated 1471, containing the text of the third edition of the Czech bible translation (XVII.A.7). Digitisation of sheet music from the holdings of the National Library of the Czech Republic and manuscripts from the holdings of the Slavonic Library has also continued.

14/02/2011 - 11:54

In 2010 the National Library of the Czech Republic digitised its holdings of university graphic theses. This collection, which is of international significance, contains 526 theses, now available in Manuscriptorium.

05/11/2010 - 10:19

The majority of the newly digitised documents are manuscripts from the holdings of the National Museum Library and the Library of the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov. The former are predominantly medieval manuscripts, amongst which one thematically homogeneous group consists of codices containing Hussite or anti-Hussite texts (of particular significance is the Hus, so-called Vratislav, Volume IV H 30), but also represented are volumes of municipal legislation and medical works; manuscript IV D 68 contains a Czech text on grafting.