The Libraries of Early Modern Physicians in the Prague Nostitz Library

Pages 23-39
Keywords History of libraries – provenance – book provenance – Nostitz Library – The National Museum Library – bourgeois lib- raries – 16th century – 17th century – early modern libraries – physicians’ libraries – Silesia – Otto Nostitz – Jawor – Jauer – Crato of Crafftheim – Project NAKI (Applied Research and Development of National and Cultural Identity Programme): PROVENIO: The Method of the Book Provenance Research
Citation ŠÍPEK, Richard. The Libraries of Early Modern Physicians in the Prague Nostitz Library. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2012, 57(1-2), 23-39. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from:
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The article introduces and describes 43 fragments of the early modern private libraries collected mostly by Silesian physicians in the 16th and 17th century. The most important and extensive remnants of the book collections belonged to the imperial physician Johannes Crato of Crafftheim (1519–1585), professor of Königsberg university and physician of Borussian dukes Matthias Stoius Jr. (1526–1583) and town physician in Schweidnitz Tobias Fischer of Croschwitz (1559–1616). Provenance records in the books prove changing of owners of the particular volumes in frame of society of the Silesian physicians and distinctly show the process of scattering and partial reuniting of the used-to-be libraries in the early modern age.

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