The study, which originated as a by-product in research for edition of Pavel of Jizbice's poetry, offers a brief outline of diaries containing Bohemical entries in collections of the Berlin State Library and The Hague Royal Library. It includes information on diaries compiled in the lifetime of Pavel of Jizbice with a slight overlap into the first half of the 17th century. The first impulse for their elaboration came with an effort to find Pavel of Jizbice's notes, which were indeed found in Dutch memorials. The Berlin collection is comparatively unknown in our literature because the older and undoubtedly more interesting part of it was moved to Cracow after World War II. From the preserved diaries, we inspected memoirs by Richard Bayer, Georg Polmar and Paul Reinel. The first two diaries are poor in Bohemical entries, thus the diary of Paul Reinel, a hospital chaplain in Hof, proved the most beneficial for our research as it contained entries by Bohemian exiles. The diary collection of The Hague Royal Library is rich and deserves a deeper research in the future. It contains a diary (originally a heraldry book) of the Bitovsti of Bitov with a number of Bohemical entries. Furthermore, we find there an authentic poem by Pavel of Jizbice in the literary diary of Peter Scriverius and a fraction of Georg Matthaei's memorial with entries from Prague and Goerlitz. On a general scale, however, we cannot expect extensive numbers of Bohemical entries coming from the early 17th century, when Pavel of Jizbice studied in Holland. From the Bohemical point of view, the period after 1620 is undoubtedly more interesting, as the Dutch diaries might bring valuable testimony to the Bohemian and Moravian emigration in the Netherlands.
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