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Manuscripts from the Strahov Library

The systematic digitisation of manuscripts from the Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov – the Strahov Library continued in 2021 with another 45 volumes placed under the shelf marks DA III and DA IV. The oldest digitised codex (DA IV 21) dates from the first half of the 15th century and contains a number of patristic homilies and shorter texts, but also sermons by Jacob of Mies (Jacobellus de Misa), Matthew of Cracow and Petr of Stupno. The other modern manuscripts cover a number of disciplines. There are numerous collections of medical recipes (including those for veterinary medicine) and herbaria (DA IV 4, DA IV 6, DA IV 13, DA IV 15, DA IV 44, DA IV 46) as well as manuscripts containing texts focused on personal piety or prayers. Historiographical works are represented by the Memorial Books of Hynek Krabice of Weitmile from the 16th century (DA IV 29); other volumes contain later handwritten copies, some of which are connected with the figure of the collector Tomáš Antonín Putzlacher. Several manuscripts include texts of the provisions of land diets, handwritten copies of their printed versions or extracts from the land registry (tabulae terrae, land tablets) – for instance DA IV 10, DA IV 14, DA IV 17, DA IV 25. The other digitised items comprise the original works of some Strahov Premonstratensians, such as Jan Bohumír Dlabač (DA IV 11, DA IV 26), notes from lectures, but also copies of the acts of the canonisation process of John of Nepomuk (DA IV 19) or instructions for making sundials (DA IV 5).


The Cheb Chronicle of Johann Thomas Funk

The German Chronicle of the City of Cheb (Chronik der Stadt Eger) from the collections of the Historic Cheb Endowment Fund was digitised in 2021. It was written shortly before the middle of the 18th century by the mayor of Cheb Johann Thomas Funk. The chronicle covers the period until 1743. Its main source was an earlier chronicle of Salomon Gruber.


Manuscripts of the National Library of the CR

The digitisation of the collections of the National Library of the CR continued with more manuscripts. Access has recently been provided, for example, to a binder’s volume of computist texts, a part of which was copied by the later university master Petr from Dvakačovice, called Bibat (shelf mark VG14), after leaving Prague; a collection from the property of another master of the university of Prague, Ioannes Andreae de Praga, called Schindel, including i.a. a work by Petrarch (V.G.12); and other volumes with theological content.


Medieval Manuscripts from the National Library of the Czech Republic

The systematic digitisation of the manuscripts from the National Library continued with codices from the shelf marks V.E–V.G. The oldest digitised manuscript is a medical collection of Southern-European origin copied in 1288 (V.F.19), which was owned in the 15th century by Šimon of Slaný. The other codices come from the Czech lands in the 14th–15th centuries. A part of them was demonstrably used in school instruction, but for some, it is impossible to decide whether it was at the university or lower schools. This group comprises, for example, commentaries on grammar textbooks (V.F.3, V.F.28), interpretations of Aristotle’s works (V.E.8, V.E.13), records of medical university lectures (V.E.21) and an astronomical volume (V.G.18). The other digitised works include sermons and preaching aids (e.g. V.E.25, V.F.8, V.F.26) as well as theological literature; the set of dictionaries in V.E.18 is interesting for Germanists.