Publications

Ludmila Kapalínová, the midwife of Sobín

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:
Ludmila Kapalínová, the midwife of Sobín 

Author:
Pavla Státníková, Prokop Remeš

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2017

A unique book published for the exhibition of the same title.

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Annotation:
The personal story of the midwife Ludmila Kapalínová, née Kubíková, of Sobín (1780–1860) casts light on the turning period of the understanding of the role of midwives – companions of women in their difficult moments which are connected with the very fundaments of life here on earth. Ludmila, from 1805 a wife of a small farmer in Sobín and a tenfold mother of living or dead children, left to study midwifery at the university in Prague in 1824 for nearly half a year at the age of 44 (and pregnant for the last time).

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Prague Vedute of the 18th Century

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:
Prague Vedute of the 18th Century

Author:
PhDr. Jiří Lukas, Mgr. Miroslava Přikrylová

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2017

A unique book published for the exhibition of the same title.

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Annotation:
The Czech-English bilingual publication seeks to introduce 18th century Prague to readers. The book is compiled of depictions and detailed descriptions of over four hundred prints presenting the city, its parts, religious and secular buildings as well as statues and sculptural groups adorning Charles Bridge and open spaces. Voluminous albums of prints compiled by Friedrich Bernard Werner in the early 1740s and by Filip and František Heger between 1792 and 1796 are truly outstanding, providing a comprehensive view of Prague.

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Rothmayerova vila – Plán rodinného domu Otto Rothmayera, 1928

 

 

 



 

 


Title:
Villa Rothmayer – Otto Rothmayer Family House Plan, 1928

Author:
Maria Szadkowska

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2016

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Annotation
It includes a collection of reproductions of the original plan of Villa Rothmayer from 16 November 1928. The architect Otto Rothmayer was the house designer and investor. Eight separate sheets with reproductions are completed with the text by the villa curator, Maria Szadkowská, who describes the search for the suitable land and the construction of the house. Moreover, readers will find quotes from the letters written by the architect Josip Plečnik to his pupil and collaborator Otto Rothmayer.

Jan Rothmayer: Photographs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:
Jan Rothmayer: Photographs

Author:
Jan Mlčoch, Markéta Othová, Martin Polák, Maria Szadkowska

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2016

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Annotation:
In connection with the exhibition Jan Rothmayer: Photographs which runs from 27 October 2016 to 31 January 2017 in the Norbertov Study and Documentation Centre, a publication with same title compiled by Jan Mlčoch, Markéta Othová, Martin Polák, and Marie Szadkowská was published. It seeks to survey part of the photographic inheritance of the Rothmayer family, in particular the pictures taken by Jan Rothmayer between 1956 and 1960. The selected photos introduce an occasional photographer who, under the influence of Josef Sudek, was enchanted by the beauty of nature as well as ordinary things. The publication expands the topic of the exhibition and presents other thus far unpublished photographs of Jan Rothmayer.

Břevnov – In the Shade of the Monastery, Within Sight of Hradčany

 

 

 

 

 


 

Title:
Břevnov – In the Shade of the Monastery, Within Sight of Hradčany

Author:
Jana Bělová, Renáta Kalašová

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2016

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Annotation:
This book accompanies the exhibition of the same title which continues the City of Prague Museum exhibition series about the historical suburbs of Prague. The history of this location until the mid-20th century, thematically extending up to the 1980s, is presented through historical photographs, postcards, prints, and other materials. Taking an imaginary walk around the secluded places of Old Břevnov, the readers will learn about this noteworthy area which is situated nearby the earliest Benedictine Monastery for monks in Bohemia. The book further provides a chance to explore extinct places such as the Břevnov Village Square and its vicinity, read about the rich social and cultural life of the locals, and learn about the typical Břevnov private businesses and pubs.

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The Old Cinemas of Prague – The Fleeting Magic of Darkened Theatres

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title:
The Old Cinemas of Prague / The Fleeting Magic of Darkened Theatres

Author:
Tomáš Dvořák, Jan Rousek

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2016

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Annotation:
This book, which accompanies The Old Cinemas of Prague exhibition, contains in addition to the texts a wide array of pictures – posters, historical photographs, historical maps of Prague with the highlighted cinemas, and cinema programmes. The film projection locations in the metropolis from the late 19th century to the recent past are presented as distinctive reminders of bygone times. The interiors of the many cinemas, scattered all over Prague, had a specific atmosphere and represented one of the most popular types of audio-visual entertainment which was available to all. For many years, the audience came to see their film heroes, which for most of them was the only way to experience the impressive atmosphere of the film projection.

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Barbarian Graves at Prague-Zličín / The World of the Alive and Dead in the Migration Period

Title:
Barbarian Graves at Prague-Zličín / The World of the Alive and Dead in the Migration Period

Author:
Jaroslav Jiřík, Jiří Vávra, Miroslava Šmolíková, Milan Kuchařík a kol.

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2015

A unique book published for the exhibition of the same title presents the dramatic Migration Period in Bohemia. The unique excavations discovered during research of the 5th century burial ground at Prague-Zličín are the book’s highlight.

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Annotation:
From 2005 to 2007, rescue archaeological research was carried out in connection with the construction of the residential area “Zličínský Dvůr” (Zličín Court) in Prague 5. First, it was performed by the City of Prague Museum and later by the Labrys Company. During the research, the entire burial site from the Migration Period was scrutinized and assigned to the “Vinařice” group which dates to the second and last thirds of the 5th century of the Common Era. There were 177 graves uncovered, making this burial site the largest necropolis from the Migration Period which has been explored in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Central Europe.

The surviving parts of graves will be the most remarkable part of the exhibition. Although most of the graves have been plundered, the findings constitute an absolutely unique whole. The largest ever collection of luxurious glass vessels in our country was discovered; the majority of the acquired specimens were in excellent shape and truly are masterpieces. Items made of precious metals are not only of scientific importance but in many cases also of exceptional artistic and aesthetic significance.

The book has been published after long-term efforts of many experts from all kinds of institutions who contributed to the findings presented therein.

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Holešovice-Bubny V objetí Vltavy / Embraced by the river Vltava

Title:
Holešovice-Bubny / Embraced by the river Vltava

Author:
Jan Jungmann

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2014

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Annotation:
Having been published for the “Holešovice” exhibition organized by the City of Prague Museum, the book follows the series of exhibitions and publications dedicated to the historical suburbs of Prague.

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The Masters of Rudolf II’s Era – Works of Art by Court Artists of Rudolf II in Private Czech Collections

Title:
The Masters of Rudolf II’s Era – Works of Art by Court Artists of Rudolf II in Private Czech Collections

Author:
Eliška Fučíková

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2014

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Crafts in Guilds / The History of Craftsmen’s Association from the Middle Ages to the Present

Title:
Crafts in Guilds / The History of Craftsmen’s Association from the Middle Ages to the Present

Author:
Martina Lehmannová

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2014

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Annotation:
The publication covers the history and presence of professional craftsmen’s association. In addition to historical data, it provides an insight into the functioning of historical guilds and current associations. The book presents artefacts from the City of Prague Museum which has one of the world’s largest collections of guild items. The book introduces guild chests, banners, ferules, signs, and lavishly decorated guild masterpieces.

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The Stone Bridge in Prague / The History of Judith and Charles Bridges in Prague

Title:
The Stone Bridge in Prague / The History of Judith and Charles Bridges in Prague

Authors:
Pavla Státniková, Ondřej Šefců, Zdeněk Dragoun

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2013

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Annotation:
Subtitled as The History of Judith and Charles Bridges in Pictures, the book presents the most complete collection of the surviving depictions of the bridge. Being more or less significant, hypothetical, and disputable, all the pictures are rather noteworthy, not only in general but also in detail. This selected “gallery” of pictures of Prague and its stone bridge gives evidence about the town history, the ways of actual depiction of reality, graphic and painting technologies, and the taste of our ancestors. In fact, this pictorial testimony can be viewed as a bridge that connects past and present.

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Early Medieval Burial Ground in Prague-Lahovice

Title:
Early Medieval Burial Ground in Prague-Lahovice

Author:
Zdeňka Krumphanzlová and coll.

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2013

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Annotation:
The catalogue of the largest early medieval burial ground in Bohemia, uncovered between 1954 and 1960 in Prague-Lahovice, popularizes outstanding findings based on the revised manuscript that remained unfinished by the research author Zdeňka Krumphanzlová; it provides all available information from the time terrain research was carried out (chapters written by Jiří Sláma and Zdeněk Smetánka). Nearly four hundred graves were discovered over seven research seasons in Lahovice; a large part of the publication presents their modern anthropological analysis (study by Petra Stránská – Miluše Dobisíková – Jakub Likovský – Petr Velemínský: Paleo-demographic and Biological Characteristics of the Prague-Lahovice Population; Jakub Likovský – Miluše Dobisíková – Petra Stránská – Adéla Hrádková – Šárka Kudrnová – Petr Velemínský: The Health of the Early Medieval Population of Prague-Lahovice).
The book includes drawings, among others of the overall burial ground plan, and reproductions of the preserved part of the research photo documentation as well as a compact disc with non-authorized manuscript of the summarizing text of Z. Krumphanzlová and the electronic version of the overall plan.

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Vinohrady / A good quarter to live in

Title:
Vinohrady / A good quarter to live in

Author:
Pavla Státniková

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2012

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Annotation:
The book Vinohrady – A Good Quarter to Live In provides a vivid depiction of this remarkable borough of Prague. A rather large amount of photographs, postcards, and other iconographic material related to the municipal development has survived. The book takes the readers on a journey through time and space, from bygone times to the origin of the independent borough of Vinohrady, the time there were only vineyards and agricultural land with many isolated homesteads outside the walls of Prague. Furthermore, the city expansion can be observed which resulted in the development of this noble quarter of Prague, from the demolition of the Prague walls to the establishment of a Prague quarter with a solid structure. The building of Vinohrady was, to a certain extent, regulated; especially the higher and middle class moved in the new tenement houses from Prague, it’s nearest vicinity, and the rest of Bohemia. A rather regular grid of spacious streets originated in a relatively short time, including all the modern city aspects: a church, a city hall, a theatre, a social house, public space, a hospital, and a cemetery.

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Žižkov / Peculiar balconies and steep streets

Title:
Žižkov / Peculiar balconies and steep streets

Author:
Tomáš Dvořák and coll.

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2012

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Annotation:
The readers will learn about the changes of Žižkov through time and space: from a settlement with only dozens of inhabitants in the mid-19th century to a proud and autonomous town with the population of more than sixty thousand in the late 19th century, which in 1922 joined the Greater Prague.

The book readers can set out for a virtual walk around Žižkov and, with the help of many postcards, photographs, maps, historical advertisements, and short explaining texts, walk through time and space, same as Žižkov expanded and developed in the second half of the 19th century (new streets emerged, train and tram transport expanded, gasworks and a power station were built, schools were established). The book shows the lifestyle of Žižkov residents – the living in tenement houses with balconies, so typical of Žižkov, the hustle and bustle on Žižkov streets, especially their shops, marketplaces, small workshops, and numerous inns. The book also reveals the critical moments of the Žižkov history, mainly the Žižkov redevelopment in the 1970s and 1980s, and presents the local archaeological findings. A special chapter is dedicated to the noteworthy story related to the findings on Komenského Square – 4 Celtic coins, which remained preserved from a larger hoard, and about 15 pieces of jewellery from a Celtic burial ground.

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Those Who Fear Should Not Come to Prague, or, Ghost Stories from the Legends of Prague

Title:
Those Who Fear Should Not Come to Prague, or, Ghost Stories from the Legends of Prague

Authors:
Karel Kučera, Matěj pospíšil, Pavlína Škrabalová, Jana Viktorínová

Publisher:
The City of Prague Museum, 2013
 

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Annotation:
Not only is the magic of Prague shaped by palaces and crooked streets but also by the mysterious atmosphere in which it is veiled and which awakens imagination of its admirers. The legends are part of Prague’s cultural heritage and they deserve the same amount of appreciation as the sights. The book was published for the exhibition bearing the same title and set a goal to bring to life the legends of Prague and its supernatural creatures. The most interesting stories are presented through the original concepts of six young female artists.

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