Highlight of the month

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

30/6
2014

Kveisublaðið [the Colic leaf] is probably the only one of its kind to have been preserved in Iceland. The leaf is a vellum strip...

2/6
2014

Zusammengezogene Karte des Nordmeeres - Carte reduite de la mer du nord This map by the french cartographer Jacques Nicolas Bellin...

8/5
2014

An original manuscript of the play Fjalla-Eyvindur (Eyvindur of the Mountains) by Jóhann Sigurjónsson is kept  in the Manuscript...

31/3
2014

This year 400 years have passed since the priest and poet Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674) was born. This famous and much loved work...

13/3
2014

a novel from the 17th century by Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir Hólm Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir Hólm (1845-1918) was the first...

3/2
2014

In a collection of letters of Erlendur Guðmundsson (1892-1947), always associated with Unuhús, which was opened formally in the...

7/1
2014

This book was the first historical description of Iceland since Ari fróði´s Íslendingabók (1122-1133) and the first comprehensive...

3/12
2013

The Thorvaldsen Society was the first women´s society  in Reykjavik, founded on the 19th of November 1875.– Young women had been...

1/11
2013

Morgunblaðið was first published on the 2nd of November 1913 and thus celebrates its centennial  this year. The paper stores...

1/10
2013

Steingrímur Thorsteinsson (1831–1913) was an Icelandic poet and writer. He translated many works of literature into Icelandic,...

29/8
2013

was founded in Reykjavík on Sept. 18 in 1911 by members of the Women‘s Rights Organization which had run a women‘s reading room for...

3/7
2013

Íslenzkt ástarljóð performed by Sigfús Halldórsson who also composed the song with lyrics by Vilhjálmur from Skáholt. Íslenskir...

31/5
2013

The recording was released on a 78 rpm record in 1933. Performed by Erling Ólafsson (1910–1934), a singer who died at the age of...

2/5
2013

Guðmundur Árnason was born on 7 July 1833. He was brought up at the farm Tunga in Vestur-Landeyjahreppur parish, but he was young...

2/4
2013

The name of Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir (1856-1940) is strongly connected with women’s liberation in Iceland. At the end of 1887 she...

4/3
2013

Eiríkur Magnússon (1833-1913), who was an Icelandic scholar and librarian at Cambridge, introduced an idea about the future library...

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