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Two Lower Sorbian chapbooks

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MS. 16737

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  1. File 1: Manuscript written in Lower Sorbian and signed by Johann Müller consisting of versions of two German chapbooks which were frequently reprinted until the 18th century: pages 1-162 'Jadna Tužna Historia Kak Keižor Octovianus...' ('A sad story of how Emperor Octovianus with his dear lady with their two sons were sent into misery and how the same later in a wonderful way were allowed to go together to France and to the pious king Dagobertus'), 1796-1798, and pages 1-28 'Jadna Historia Kack Aleksander Jo Swoych Bohgow Psaschal...' (A story of how Alexander asked his gods whether he would become healthy again or not.'), 1798.
  2. File 2: Partial transcription by Dr Gerald Stone of the Lower Sorbian manuscript and beginning of article on the manuscript, c.2001-2005.
  3. File 3: Letters, papers and photographs accumulated by Dr Gerald Stone while researching the identity of the manuscript's author, Johann Müller, c.2000-2006.


  • 1796-1798 and c.2000-2006


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Language of Materials

  • Sorbian languages
Lower Sorbian, English, German

Preferred Citation

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MS. 16737

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16737


Two Lower Sorbian chapbooks.

Biographical / Historical

The manuscript is signed by 'Johann Müller von Striesow' who may have been Johann Friedrich Müller, born in Dissen on 27 October 1721, the son of the pastor (also Johann Müller, died 1757) according to the Dissen parish records. Striesow is situated about two kilometres from Dissen in Brandenburg state, Germany, and is part of the same parish.

Johann Müller has not been identified in any Sorbian bibliographies.

Custodial History

The manuscript was purchased in 2001 by Dr Gerald Stone from Uwe Gutschmidt who had found it immured in the remains of an abandoned agricultural building in Dissen in 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Dr Gerald Stone in 2019.
Catalogue of two Lower Sorbian chapbooks
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom