Highlight of the month

Each month the conservation department highlights one of the many treasures found in the library.

6/10
2015

Svava Jakobsdóttir Hvað er í blýhólknum? (What is in the lead cylinder?) Svava Jakobsdóttir (1930-2004) remarked in an interview...

4/9
2015

„A true account of the shipwreck of the Spaniards and their ensuing struggle“, by Jón Guðmundsson the Learned, is preserved in nine...

4/8
2015

Eggert Ólafsson (1726-1768) and Bjarni Pálsson (1719-1779) received a special grant from the Danish government to travel around...

1/7
2015

On the 7th of July 1915 Althingi (Parliament) assembled for the first time after the Danish king had confirmed with his signature...

10/6
2015

The first novel of Gunnar Gunnarsson that raised awareness was Af Borgslægtens Historie (The Story of the Borg Family / Guest the...

7/5
2015

Elka Björnsdóttir (1881-1924), a working woman in Reykjavík, kept diaries during the years 1915-1923 which are a remarkable source...

9/4
2015

JS 401 XI 4to. On the Diverse Natures of Iceland is a fragment of the most famous work of Jón Guðmundsson (1574-1658) the Learned,...

9/3
2015

The translation of The New Testament by Oddur Gottskálksson (1514/1515 – 1556) was printed in Roskilde in 1540. It was the first...

23/2
2015

Hafsteinn Guðmundsson (1912-1999) wore many hats: designer, bookmaker, teacher, printing house director, and publisher. In 1940,...

15/1
2015

A great number of drawings by Tryggvi Magnússon are kept in the Manuscript Department of the National and University Library of...

3/12
2014

This 78 rpm record was published by Íslenskir tónar in 1954. It contains Helena Eyjólfsdóttir singing two Christmas carols,...

25/11
2014

Publishers  Einar Benediktsson and Þorleifur Bjarnason. 150 years have passed since the birth of the poet Einar Benediktsson. In...

20/11
2014

150 years have passed since the birth of the poet Einar Benediktsson. In 1892 Einar and Þorleifur H. Bjarnason undertook the...

7/10
2014

The manuscript ÍBR 69 4to is a part of the encyclopaedic collection of farmer Jón Bjarnason (1791-1861) from Þórormstunga in...

12/9
2014

ÍB 299 4to The manuscript ÍB 299 4to is written in 1764 and includes various subjects, e.g. Snorra-Edda and a runic alphabet. It is...

11/8
2014

A beautifully decorated fragment of an English Psalter written (c. 1300) in Latin on vellum. The leaf contains the text of Psalms...

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