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An online Encyclopedia of book in Czech Middle ages and Early modern period

Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences and National Library of the Czech Republic published an Encyclopedia that covers the period from the beginnings of the Czech book culture in the Middle Ages to the disappearance of the hand press book at the beginning of the 19th century. It contains both explanatory entries for both individual book history phenomena and development. It is based on 2400 entries from an encyclopedia focused on a printed book (Petr Voit, Book Encyclopedia: older printing press and related fields between the 15th and the beginning of the 19th century, Prague 2006).
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The journal Knihy a dějiny no. 1–2, vol. 25, 2018 has just been issued

The most interesting items in the latest edition of Knihy a dějiny are perhaps studies devoted to research into Czech printing production before the Battle of White Mountain. The subject of the paper by Jana Tvrzníková is illustrational material from the workshop of the Prague printer Mikuláš Štraus. Andrea Jelínková (Genres and Topics in the Production of the Czech Printing Works of the 16th Century) and Vojtěch Šícha (The Syntax of the Prague Print Production of the 16th Century) analyse printed works published by printers in Bohemia and Moravia with the contribution of new research opportunities created within the scope of the project Knihověda.cz. The paper by Marta Hradilová is devoted to the history of the library of the Capuchin monastery in Mnichovo Hradiště and the importance of period catalogues to research of these book collections.
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Swedish Book Plunder from Bohemia and Moravia 1646–1648 online

The Library of the CAS has opened a new web portal that makes fundamental sources and information resources on research into Swedish book plunder in the years 1646–1648 accessible to experts and the general public alike.
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Knihy a dějiny – Edition 1-2, Volume 23, 2016 has just been published

The current edition of Books and History contains source studies devoted to Bohemian and Moravian printers. Jana Tvrzníková considers illustrational material produced by Michael Peterle, a printer from Prague in the 16th century, while Miroslav Myšák has analysed and edited the income ledger of the printer Anna Alžběta Ettelová from Olomouc in the middle of the 17th century. Two more papers are devoted to the frontispieces that were placed in printed works for promotional and marketing purposes to encourage readers to make purchases (Hana Beránková, The Typology of Baroque Frontispieces in Printed Works from Bohemia, and Klára Andresová, Frontispieces and Engraved Title Pages of Military Handbooks). The paper written by Veronika Sladká devoted primarily to the medieval history of the library at St. Thomas’ Augustinian Monastery in Prague, a continuation of which is to be found in the next edition, provides a summary of the given topic. Číst dále »

The exhibition “The Diversity of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia According to Bohuslav Balbín” has been extended until 31 March 2017

The exhibition is accessible in the entry area of the study at the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Národní 3, Prague 1. Admission free (9 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday) Číst dále »

Knihy a dějiny 22/2015

In this edition, you can find a study by Hana Ferencová on the image of the Czech Lands formed in the 17th century by English travellers and an article on floods in the Czech Lands from the 16th to 18th centuries (Jan Munzar – Stanislav Ondráček – Lubor Kysučan). David Mach contributes a detailed report on an interesting Evangelical manuscript from the holdings of the National Library, the authors Miroslav Koudela and Petr Mašek have attempted a reconstruction of the previously unknown library of Veit Ulrich Marschall von Ebnet, and Kristina Kaucká has considered the fate of the library at Mikulov Chateau in the inter-war period.
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The exhibition „Balloons and the Art of Aerial Navigation“

The Academy of Sciences Library would like to invite you to the exhibition “Balloons and the Art of Aerial Navigation” in the entry area of the study from 31 October to 31 December 2014. The exhibition presents aeronautic literature from the historical collection of the Academy of Sciences Library. The library holds almost seventy works on this topic from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The exhibition focuses on the history of this collection and presents individual editions of selected works. Číst dále »

18th-century foreign-language bohemica online

The database Bibliography of Foreign-Language Printed Bohemica 1501–1800 (BFPB) was launched. Číst dále »

New acquistion for the historical collection

The AS CR Library has purchased the Epitaph of the Provost of the Vyšehrad and St Vitus Chapter Jan of Vartenberk (†1508 ), written by Bohuslav Hasištejnský of Lobkowicz (†1510), for its historical collection. This is a unique historical document from the early 17th century: painting and handwritten text with gilding on paper folio 329 × 407 mm; at the bottom is an inscription referring to another, evidently older person of the same name. A detailed analysis is given in M. Šárovcová’s study in the journal Books and History 20, 2013. Číst dále »

Exhibitions for loan

The AS CR Library offers free loans of panel-based exhibitions on interesting topics concerning the history of books, which have been presented in recent years as part of Science and Technology Week. Číst dále »