The Library at Jindřichův Hradec Castle

Pages 88–94
DOI 10.37520/amnpsc.2023.010
Keywords historical book collections, castle libraries, Bohemica, Czernin of Chudenitz
Type of Article Miscellanea
Citation MAŠEK, Petr. The Library at Jindřichův Hradec Castle. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2023, 68(1-2), 88–94. DOI: ISSN 2570-6861 (Print), 2570-687X (Online). Also available from:
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2023/68/1-2

The library of the Counts Czernin of Chudenitz at the castle in Jindřichův Hradec was created as an addition to the local archives. An important part of the library collection comes from the estate of Eugen Karl Count Czernin (1796–1868) and a different part of this collection originates from another library of the family, namely from the castle of St Petersburg. A number of the books originally came from other later dispersed collections, both domestic and foreign, e. g. from the library of Prosper, Prince of Sinzendorf (1751–1822), Georg Andreas Will (1727–1798) and Ferdinand Hoffmann of Grünbüchel (1631–1664). The library of approximately 1,200 volumes remained part of the Jindřichův Hradec archives even after the confiscation in 1945. As already mentioned, the library administrators tried to gather as large a collection of Bohemian literature as possible and to a large extent succeeded. In addition to the richly represented earlier Bohemian historical or topographical literature, the collection contains at least eight 16th–18th-century printed books that can be described as quite unique.

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