Die Graphie der zweiten Ausgabe des Traumbuchs (1581) von Václav Hájek z Libočan

Title in English Orthography of second edition of Dream book (1581) by Václav Hájek z Libočan


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Wiener Slavistisches Jahrbuch
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords Czech language history; orthography; graphic design; dream books; Václav Hájek z Libočan
Description This article deals with the orthography of second edition of Middle-Czech Dream book by Václav Hájek z Libočan, printed in year 1581 in Prague in the printing office of Jiří Dačický. Hajek's edition is a reworked version of the Old Czech Dream-book that was written (translated) by Vavřinec z Březové at the turn of 15th Century. Since first printed edition has survived only as a fragment (the gathering / section B), the analyzed issue produced by Dačický is the oldest complete version of Hájek's Dream-book. The article is focused on two areas: 1. the repertory of graphemes (graphs) and their distribution, including punctuation, 2. used typefaces (characters of printing). The analysis shows that the orthographic and typographic features of this print are in most cases in accordance with the main developmental trends of the Czech Orthography of printed books from second half of 16th Century (this orthographic system is traditionally referred to as “Brethren orthography“ and recently as “printers orthography”).
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