Two Important Book Acquisitions of the Museum in Česká Lípa from Literary Estates of Major Collectors

Pages 21–26, 42
Keywords museum collections – Česká Lípa – collecting – early printed books – bequest – textile industry – art – Heinrich Wedrich (1835–1904) – acquisitions – Bible – ex libris – exhibition – sheet music – Sorbian literature – Lusatia – Sorbs – Bohumil Malotín (1927–2000)
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Citation FRIDRICHOVÁ, Jana . Two Important Book Acquisitions of the Museum in Česká Lípa from Literary Estates of Major Collectors . Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2014, 59(1-2), 21–26, 42. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from:
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The work deals with two crucial acquisitions of the Ethnographic Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa that come from collectors of art objects and books whose lives were closely connected with the Česká Lípa region. The first acquisition is a donation by a significant Česká Lípa entrepreneur and private collector of the second half of the 19th century, Heinrich Wedrich, who bequeathed the Česká Lípa museum his rich natural science and art collections as well as books, most of which are now exhibited in the museum. – The second acquisition, which came to the museum in 2001, is an extensive book collection and Sorbian correspondence of the Prague musician and collector Bohumil Malotín, for whom the Česká Lípa region became a second home. Books, which Malotín provided with imaginative personal ex libris based on family genealogy, were, besides music, a great love of his. The book collection, assembled for almost fifty years, comprises i.a. sheet music, medical books, textbooks, writings on economy, journals and broadside ballads. Exquisite items are in particular a valuable collection of the Bibles and a noteworthy collection of Sorbian printed books (Malotín had a close relation with the Sorbs, among whom he found many of his friends). The importance of both acquisitions for the Museum’s collections is vital. Wedrich’s collection forms the basis of thecollection of exotic fauna; Bohumil Malotín’s bequest enriched the local library with the most precious, in many cases unique, books.

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