Collection of Parchments of the National Library of Lithuania
Digitised parchments from the collection of Rare Book and Manuscript Department of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. It comprises of 144 valuable items of 14th-19th centuries documents written on parchment. The core of the collection is made up of juridical documents (134 valuable items), most of them were written in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Italy and France. Also a significant part of the collection includes documents issued by Roman Curia. The manuscripts are classified into the following groups: Historical Documents of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania which contain 65 items, covering the period from 1465 to 1818; Historical Italian Documents which contain 25 documents (dated 1329–1771) pertaining to the history of Italy, amongst them the oldest manuscript of the collection – the deed of land property transfer dating from 1329; Historical French Documents with 14 recent documents (dated 1640–1811); Popes' Letters comprised of twenty papal bullas, ten briefs and two letters issued by institutions of the Catholic Church. The oldest document in this group was written in 1477 and the most recent one in 1899; Other documents include the only book, kept in the collection, a copy of a treatise by Hugo de Folieto De claustro animae, dating from the 14th century; fragments from medieval treatises in Latin and manuscript liturgical books and three other documents. The collection provides also detailed descriptions of parchments.
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Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania.
1300 - 1899
Since 1919 the Library had been authorized to collect manuscripts left without owners as well as manuscripts kept in unsuitable storing conditions. Some documents come from Vilnius Archive collection. Storage history of some manuscripts remains unknown.