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Modern Manuscripts from the Strahov Library

In 2022, the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov – the Strahov Library provided access to another 29 modern manuscripts placed under the shelf marks DA IV and DA V. The oldest of these is a set of sermons by the Strahov abbot and Doksany provost Ondřej Werner from the second half of the 16th century in the codex DA IV. In terms of content, the digitised manuscripts contain two large groups of texts. The first is formed by meditative writings, collections of prayers and other works related to personal piety (shelf mark DA IV), including, for example, texts by the Jesuit Mikołaj Łęczycki / Nicolaus Lancicius (DA IV 56 and DA IV 60). The manuscript DA IV 54 is supplemented by a number of pasted or inserted engravings. The second extensive group consists of handwritten copies of lectures, both from the Prague Archbishop’s Seminary and from the university of Prague (most of the digitised manuscripts under the shelf mark DA V); nevertheless, some copies also come from studies abroad (DA V 6). The scribes of the individual study codices included i.a. the later abbots of the Strahov monastery Vincenc Makarius Frank and František Michael Daller.


Manuscripts from the Regional Museum in Mikulov

The Regional Museum in Mikulov digitised seven manuscripts in 2022. The earliest of them comes from the turn of the 15th century and contains sermons and theological texts (MIK 6389). Two medieval codices were written approximately in the 1470s. The first of them has Walter Burley’s incomplete commentary on Aristotle’s Physics (MIK 6378), whereas the second includes the first part of the Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas and other, mainly legal texts (MIK 6372). Modern manuscripts comprise library catalogues for Mikulov collections, incomplete disputations (questiones) for Aristotle’s books on natural philosophy, and Spanish-language discussions about human nature written by Joachim de Vincis for Maximilian, Prince of Dietrichstein.


Medieval Manuscripts from the National Library of the Czech Republic

Most of the recently digitised manuscripts from the National Library of the Czech Republic come from the Czech lands in the Middle Ages. In terms of content, the collection is varied, with a larger share of grammar texts and textbooks and their sets (V.H.1, V.H.8, V.H.10, V.H.15, V.H.21, V.H.24, V.H.28, V.H.32) as well as philosophical texts and commentaries used in the instruction at the Faculty of Arts of the university of Prague, both in the period before the Hussite wars and during the major resumption of its activities around the middle of the 15th century (V.H.5, V.H.9, V.H.14, V.H.18, V.H.22, V.H.30). Other manuscripts contain, for example, works of ecclesiastical law (the collection of decretals Liber Extra in V.H.34; Summa de casibus conscientiae, called Summa Pisana, in VI.A.13b), Biblical exegeses (a part of the Postilla litteralis of Nicholas of Lyra in VI.A.1; an interpretation of the Gospel of Luke in VI.A.16; a commentary by John of Wales on the Book of Revelation in VI.B.18) and collections of patristic homilies (VI.A.3, VI.B.8) and of high medieval sermons (including i.a. texts by Matthew of Cracow in VI.A.8, by Bertold of Regensburg in VI.A.20, by Jacobus de Voragine in VI.B.1, Conrad of Brundelsheim in VI.C.8 and others).


Manuscripts and Printed Books from the Slavonic Library

In 2021, the National Library of the Czech Republic – Slavonic Library provided access to six manuscripts and printed books from the 17th–19th centuries from its collections. The printed books are represented by the edition of the Kyiv-Pechersk Paterik (a collection of texts about the monks of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra) from 1661. The manuscripts comprise texts in Croatian (the play Akile/Achilles by the Croatian playwright Junije Palmotić and a poem by Petar Kanavelić written on the occasion of the mission of the ambassador of Dubrovnik to Constantinople) and in Church Slavonic (a collection of various works, A 2, as well as liturgical and paraliturgical texts).