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Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department


Personal Changes

Our colleague Veronika Rákocy have returned after a longer time. She takes care of our Handy Library. As well you can meet here together with Klára Krásenská in our Study Room and/or contact here in case of need with administrative matters. Then we would like to inform you Markéta Bendlová, our specialist for printed books, decided to finish her job in the Library.

Exhibition The Haevenly Ladder. The Late Medieval Prayer Books from the Collections of the National Library of the Czech Republic

You are welcome to the exhibition The Haevenly Ladder. The Late Medieval Prayer Books from the Collections of the National Library of the Czech Republic, 23th October 2019 - 7th January 2020. The visually attractive exhibition of richly illuminated prayer books intends to document the process of their production from the manuscript to the printed book as a new medium. Klementinum buildings, ground floor (gate A), Monday to Saturday, 9 am - 7 pm.

Exponat of the Month January (Blumen und Insecten... Nürnberg: Christian Sigmund Froberg, 1713, Sb. 350)

A scientific" colouring book" - a coloured copy of the anonymous botanical work published in Nuremberg around 1713. It contains a series of sixty-five engraving of flowers, insects and small animals. The index entries are accompanied by detailed information about colours and the way how to colour the individual parts.

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

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).


Jan 20, 2020
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