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Bohuslav Balbín (1621 – 1688) was a Czech writer, historian, geographer and Jesuit, called the “Czech Pliny”. He became well known also as an advocate of the Czech language in the time of incoming germanization of the Czech lands.

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1679 1st ed History of Bohemia Czech Bohuslav Balbin Prague Hungary HUGE FOLIOS

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An incredible two volumes of Bohuslav Balbin’s history of Bohemia..

 

Bohuslav Balbín (1621 – 1688) was a Czech writer, historian, geographer and Jesuit, called the “Czech Pliny”. He became well known also as an advocate of the Czech language in the time of incoming germanization of the Czech lands.

 

Main author: Bohuslav Balbín

 

Title: Miscellanea historica regni Bohemiae, quibus natura Bohemicae telluris … origines iterum utriusqve nobilitatis, tum edita a nobilitate illustria toga, sagoqve facinora; civitatum fundationes, fortuna et status; item Historia brevis temporum cum chronologico examine; aliáque ad notitiam veteris Bohemiae spectantia, indicantur, & summâ fide, ac diligentiâ explicantur.

 

Published: Pragae, Typis G. Czernoch, 1679-81.

 

Language: Latin

 

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  • Illustrated with two double-page engravings of plans
  • Double column page layout

 

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Binding: tight and secure leather binding; v1 has medieval manuscript spine, v1 spin pulling away from text-block

Pages: complete with all 181 + 299 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Pragae, Typis G. Czernoch, 1679-81.

Size: ~11.5in X 8in (30cm x 20cm)

 

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Bohuslav Balbín (December 3, 1621 Hradec králové – November 28, 1688 Prague) was a Czech writer, historian, geographer and Jesuit, called the “Czech Pliny”. He became well known also as an advocate of the Czech language in the time of incoming germanization of the Czech lands.

Contents  [hide]

1              Life

2              Work

3              Bibliography

4              See also

5              References

Life[edit]

Balbín was born in Hradec Králové. He came from a middle class catholic family. Balbím was educated mostly in the Jesuit schools, he soon joined the Jesuit religion. After finishing studies in philosophy at University of Olomouc, he taught in the Jesuit colleges in Prague, Třeboň, Brno, Jičín, Jindřichův Hradec and Český Krumlov. After writing of several textbooks and didactic theatre plays, he also became acquainted with historical sources of archives and libraries. His entire life was devoted to collecting and editing materials about Czech history, and his researches have often been utilized by the Bollandists. Balbín died, aged 66, in Prague.

Work[edit]

He wrote over thirty works, the most important from which is Miscellanea Historica regni Bohemiae (“Varieties from the History of the Czech Kingdom” “, 6 vols., Prague, 1679–87), in which he described the geography, natural history, and chief historical events of his native land. The work includes brief vitae of prominent Czechs. The sections of the work:

Miscellanea historica regni Bohemiae – History of the kingdom of Bohemia

Liber naturalis – The Nature of Bohemia

Liber popularis – The population

Liber chorographicus – Topography

Liber hagiographicus – Czech Saints

Liber parochialis – The Parishes

Liber episcopalis – The Archdiocese of Prague

Liber regalis – Rulers

Liber epistolaris – Series of letters

Bohemia Docta – Czech literature and teaching

Liber de seu curialis magistratibus et officiis curialibus regem Bohemiae – Paper on Courts and Offices of the Czech Crown

Bohuslav Balbín (Balbinus) is known in Czech Lands mostly for his “Apology for the Slavic and especially Czech language”, written in Latin. He was the first to edit the ancient vernacular chronicle of the tenth century[1] known as the Life of St. Ludmilla and Martyrdom of St. Wenceslas, which is considered the oldest historical work written in the Czech lands by a Czech. Balbinus wrote also De archiepiscopis Bohemiae (“The Archbishops of Bohemia”, Prague, 1682) and Bohemia Sancta, sive de sanctis Bohemiae, Moraviae, Silesiae, Lusatiae (“Sacred Bohemia, or the Saints of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Lusatia” Prague, 1682). His book Vita beatae Joannis Nepomuceni martyris (Life of Saint and martyr John of Nepomuk) was published in Prague, 1670, is in large part responsible for the developed legend of Saint John of Nepomuk. [2] Balbin also wrote one reference book about stylistics (1666) and two works devoted to rhetoric (1677, 1688) [3]

Bibliography[edit]

Legatio Apollinis coelestis ad universitatem Pragensem etc

Vita venerabilis Arnesti (biography of Arnošt of Pardubice, the first Archbishop of Prague), 1664

Verisimilia humaniorum disciplinarunm seu judicium privatum de omni letterarum, quasi humaniores appellent, artificio. 1666.

Dissertatio apologetica pro lingua Slavonica, praecipue Bohemica. 1775. (In Czech: Obrana jazyka slovanského, zvláště českého. 1869)

Vita S. Joannis Nepomuceni sigilli sacramentalis protomartyris

Epitome rerum Bohemicarum seu historia Boleslaviensis, 1677 (The book about history of Stará Boleslav)

Quaesita oratoria seu eloquentiae praecepta. 1677

De archiepiscopis Bohemiae

Brevis tractatio de amplificatione oratoria. 1688

Miscellanea historica regni Bohemiae, 1679–88[4]

Vita et passio sancti Wenceslai et sanctae Ludmilae aviae eius

Category

European History

Authors

Bohuslav Balbín

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete