Manuscript, Rare and Old Prints Collection


Turjaška 1
1000 Ljubljana

mag. Marijan Rupert
T: + 386 1 2001 133

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9.00 to 14.00
Wed: 9.00 to 18.00


Gorazd Kocijančič
T: + 386 1 2001 145

Urša Kocjan
T: + 386 1 2001 217

Samo Kristan
T: + 386 1 2001 195
E: samo

Matjaž Lulik
T: + 386 1 2001 202

dr. Sonja Svoljšak
T: + 386 1 2001 142

Areas of Responsibility

  • To collect, process, preserve, represent and make available the primary national collection of manuscript materials.
  • To collect, process, preserve, represent and make available the rare prints collection.
  • To provide information and reference services, and educational activities.
  • To prepare exhibitions and promote the valuable materials.
  • To cooperate in the development of the Digital Library of Slovenia.

Holdings of medieval manuscripts (codices)

They include 122 manuscript items, mainly codices and individual fragments of medieval manuscripts. The largest and most comprehensive is the collection of Latin manuscripts from the 9th to the end of the 15th century, which contains 91 items. The medieval manuscripts deposited from the collections of the Slavonic scholar Jernej Kopitar and the baron Žiga Zois, which are written in Glagolitic and Cyrillic scripts, are also of outstanding research importance. The collection includes one Hebrew manuscript and the famous Stična manuscript written in the Slovene language.

Valuable medieval material

  • Codex Suprasliensis was written in Old Church Slavonic language, using the Cyrillic alphabet, on the territory of today‛s Bulgaria in the first half of the 11th century.
  • Augustinus: De civitate Dei, from the Bistra monastery, the most richly illuminated Slovene medieval codex, written in 1347.
  • Gregorius Magnus: Moralia, the oldest codex held at NUK, from the first half of the 9th century written in the Carolingian minuscule script.
  • Chronica de la nobel cita de Uenexia, a list of the Venice doges and aristocrats with their coats of arms from the beginning of the 15th century.
  • Stična Manuscript, one of the most important Slovene medieval texts, written around 1428.
  • Calendarium ad annum, 1415, a folded reference calendar on parchment with artistic images of ritual rustic work, saints and heaven signs.

Holdings of early modern manuscripts and private papers (legacies and individual Slovene literary autographs)

Besides some bound volumes of manuscripts from the period of humanism and the Renaissance, the Manuscript Collection contains in particular the legacies and autographs of the Slovene poets and writers, so it is a reasoned conclusion that it also performs the function of the Slovene national literary archive. In addition to the literary authors, the collection includes the grammarians, translators, historians, journalists and other cross-cultural authors. It is necessary to highlight the manuscript legacies of France Prešeren and Ivan Cankar and almost the complete panorama of the Slovene literature from Valentin Vodnik, Matija Čop, Fran Levstik, Simon Gregorčič, Oton Župančič, Srečko Kosovel etc., and to the legacies of contemporary authors including Vitomil Zupan, Edvard Kocbek, Lojze Kovačič, Janez Menart etc.

Early Printed Collection

The Early Printed Collection traditionally forms a part of the Manuscript Collection. Its holdings are divided historically according to the principle of origin: incunabula (first printed books from the beginning of printing to the end of 1500) and other rare prints. The holdings of incunabula include 510 books and they are systematically developed and expanded by new purchases.

Valuable rare prints

  • a collection of protestant books from the 16th century (Trubar, Dalmatin, Bohorič, etc.).
  • the unique copies of three incunabula: two editions of Regulae, ordinationes et constitutiones Cancellarie apostolicae of the Pope Sixth IV, Protokoll des Friedens zu Basel, and some incunabula fragments.
  • Alasia de Sommaripa, Gregorio: Vocabulario Italiano e Schiauo, 1607, a unique specimen.
  • Rare copies of old Slovene texts – from Matija Hvala (from the 16th century) to Herman Potočnik – Noordunga, and other great names of the Slovene literature and science with authors‛ notes, records and dedications (about 1000 items). 

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