Cantastoria

The collection is made up of cantastoria prints of secular and religious songs, prayers and religious texts from pilgrimages, published from the beginning of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century.

Approximately a third consist of secular songs on various themes from humorous stories and songs to information regarding novelties up to descriptions of tragic events (so-called horror stories), many of which actually occurred. The usual format is a printed text of sixteen pages. The canstastoria are to a great extent preserved on an individual basis, as well as in blocks which came about through hand binding of more prints together. They are bound either in leather, canvas or cloth.

The publishers of the cantastoria prints housed in this collection are Moravian, Bohemian and Slovak printers. The prints originate to a great extent from the Škarnicel printing presses in Uherská Skalice, in Hranice and Olomouc, from printing houses in Litomyšl, Chrudim, Kroměříž, Znojmo, Frýdek, Těšín, Králové, Prague, etc.

The core of the fund comes from the collections of the Town Museum in Přerov which was established in the year 1902 and combined with the Comenius Museum in Přerov after World War II. Cantastoria songs were part of the collections of older prints up to the year 1993. It was consequently incorporated and processed as an independent collection.

As of December 2015 the collection contained 2,811 recorded items.

The collection is administered by Mgr. Helena Kovářová (Social Sciences Department).


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