This page is brought to you in partnership with the Museum of Czech Literature (PNP). The PNP was established to acquire, gather, permanently safekeep, catalogue, scientifically process, and make available collections of material that documents the development of literature and literary culture in the Czech lands from the 18th century until present.
About the competition
Since the establishment of the Museum of Czech Literature (PNP), books as well as rare archive material have formed part of its collections, whether in the historical library, the publishing collections or the Karásek library, and have always been perceived as objects representing book culture. Book-making techniques and the development of book-printing have featured in exhibitions, and we also work with the Society of Czech Bibliophiles. In its own exhibitions the museum has always presented literature, art and the book linked together as an indivisible whole. This was probably the reason for the restoration of the Most Beautiful Czechoslovak Books competition in 1965, and it was natural for the PNP to become its organizer. There may be a haze of mystery around the beginnings of the competition and who was behind its incorporation into the PNP, but what happened over time was that publishing houses produced special sets and collections of books which were presented at regular exhibitions devoted to book graphics, typography and illustration. A division of book culture was also created and at the same time sets of similar collections from abroad were introduced. This was another step towards the recent establishment of the Methodological Centre for Book Culture within the PNP.