The Reconstruction of The Personal Library of Jan and Bohuslav Strialius Based on the Collection of Books in the North Bohemia Museum
|Keywords||Jan Strialius – Bohuslav Strialius – České Budějovice – Žatec – North Bohemian Museum in Liberec – bourgeois libraries – Humanism – second half of the 16th century – diary entries – meteorological observations|
|Type of Article||Peer-reviewed|
|Citation||ŠŤOVÍČKOVÁ, Petra . The Reconstruction of The Personal Library of Jan and Bohuslav Strialius Based on the Collection of Books in the North Bohemia Museum . Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2014, 59(1-2), 5–12. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/amnphl/59-1-2/the-reconstruction-of-the-personal-library-of-jan-and-bohuslav-strialius-based-on-the-collection-of-books-in-the-north-bohemia-museum|
The collection of early printed books in the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec contains a set of 69 books from the library of the Strialius family from Žatec. The members of this family Jan and Bohuslav Strialius were among important figures of the second half of the 16th century. The originally extensive library comprised significant domestic as well as foreign works. Notes in the books are proof of the readers’ interest and literary purview. An exceptional place is taken by diary entries from 1555–82 in printed calendars, where Jan Strialius took notes about his family, friends and places where he worked. They contain even biographical information on major writers and historical data. He commented on cultural life and the economic situation. His astronomical observations are valuable – they are now quoted as a true source of weather description. The heir of the library, Bohuslav Strialius, expanded it. After his death, the books were incorporated into the library of the monastery of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Žatec. After 1950, they were scattered over many museum and library collections. A part of the books thus came to the collections of the North Bohemian Museum.