Shelf marks and ownership marks of the Royal Library

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Below are shown a number of the shelf marks and ownership marks that are or have been in use in the Royal Library. For a list of University Library marks click here (in Danish).

Shelf mark Description Notes
1313_1a  The shelf mark consists of two numbers, normally separated by comma and dash, sometimes followed by an indication of format (fol., 4º, or 8º).
The first is any number between 1 and 192 (sometimes followed by a raised roman numeral), the second usually lower than 900.

Standard shelf mark used for non-Danish books up to the middle of the 20th century.
Normally placed in the top left corner of the front pastedown or fly leaf.
Written in pencil.


Giovanni Boccaccio: Il Decamerone (1527).
 
 46_197_3a The shelf mark consists of two numbers, normally separated by comma and dash, sometimes followed by an indication of format (fol., 4º, or 8º).
The first is any number between 1 and 60 (sometimes followed by a raised roman numeral), the second usually lower than 900.

Standard shelf mark used for Danish books up to the middle of the 20th century.
Normally placed in the top left corner of the front pastedown or fly leaf.
Written in pencil.


John Erichsen: Thormod Torfesens Levnetsbeskrivelse (1788).

 
 filosa The shelf mark consists of an abbreviation and a number, sometimes followed by an indication of format (fol., 4º, or 8º).
The following abbreviations occur: Afr. (Africa), As. (Asia), Filos. (Philosophy), Geogr. (Geography), Rel. (Religion), Sfv. (Social sciences). The numbers go from 1 to 4116.

Standard shelf mark used for non-Danish books up to the middle of the 20th century.
Normally placed in the top left corner of the front pastedown.
Written in pencil.


Augustinus Steuchus Eugubinus: De perenni philosophia (1542).
 
 854_4a Kortsamlingen (The Map Collection) followed by a number.

Shelf mark written in pencil.


Willem Iansz Blaeuw: Zeespiegel, inhoudende en korte Onderwysinghe inde konst der Zeevaert (1631).
 60_2_301_3a Det Store Kongelige Bibliothek (The Great Royal Library).

Oval stamp normally placed on title page, fly leaf, or pastedown.
The text is placed around a crown.


Johannes Meursius: Areopagus. Sive, De senatu areopagitico (1624).
 filos_120_4a Bibliotheca Regia Hafniensis (The Royal Library of Copenhagen).

Round stamp normally placed on title page, fly leaf, or pastedown.
The text is placed around a crown.


Th. Westrin (ed.): Nordisk familjebok. Konversationslexikon och realencyklopedi, Vol. 14 (1911).
 filos_1000_1a
Bibliotheca Regia Hafniensis (The Royal Library of Copenhagen).

Round stamp normally placed on title page, fly leaf, or pastedown.
The text is placed between an outer and an inner circle around a crown.
 

Augustinus Steuchus Eugubinus: De perenni philosophia (1542).
 334_3a B.R.H.
Bibliotheca Regia Hafniensis (The Royal Library of Copenhagen).

Normally placed on title page or fly leaf.
The letters may be stamped or written in pen or pencil.
 

Jörgen Kieding: Nögelen for Jord- og Him[m]el-Kuglernes Brug til Nytte for Begyndere udi Geographien og Astronomien … (1788).
 filos_120_3a The ownership mark consists of an abbreviation: Bibl. Reg. Hafniensis, i.e. Bibliotheca Regia Hafniensis (The Royal Library of Copenhagen), and a number. The first part of the number is the year of accession, the second part is a serial number.

Stamp normally placed on title page or fly leaf.
 

Th. Westrin (ed.): Nordisk familjebok. Konversationslexikon och realencyklopedi, Vol. 14 (1911).
 343_5a The ownership mark consists of an abbreviation: Bibl. Reg. Hafniensis, i.e. Bibliotheca Regia Hafniensis (The Royal Library of Copenhagen), and a number. The first part of the number is the year of accession, the second part is a serial number.

Stamp normally placed on title page or fly leaf.
 

Ildefonso Ioseph Flores: Arte de la lengua metropolitana del reyno Cakchiquel o Guatemalico … (1753).
 kbstempel_2a Bibliotheca Regia Hafniensis (The Royal Library of Copenhagen).

Modern stamp with the present logo of the Royal Library to the left.

 1299_2a Liber Bibliothecæ Regiæ Hafniensis (Book belonging to the Royal Library of Copenhagen).

Normally placed on pastedown.
Written in pen or pencil.
 

Lucas Jansz Waghenaer: Spieghel der Zeevaerdt ... (1585).
 
46_197_3aa  Bar code label.

Modern label placed in the books for inventory purposes.
Normally placed on pastedown, fly leaf, or title page.
 

John Erichsen: Thormod Torfesens Levnetsbeskrivelse (1788).
 sb_35742_1a UB KBH.
Universitetsbiblioteket København (The University Library Copenhagen).

Ownership mark in gold normally placed at the top of the spine.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Nordisk Tidskrift för Bok- och Biblioteksväsen, vol. XIX (1932).
 ln120_5a B.U.H.
Bibliotheca Universitatis Hafniensis (The Library of the University of Copenhagen).

Gold letters placed on front cover.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Peder Laale: Parabolae (1506).
 
c_13375_fol_2a  B.U.H.
Bibliotheca Universitatis Hafniensis (The Library of the University of Copenhagen).

Gold letters here placed in the lower left corner of the front cover.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Peder Jensen Morsing: Exempla literarum typographicarum ... (1691).
 ln120_3a B.U.H.
Bibliotheca Universitatis Hafniensis (The Library of the University of Copenhagen).

Stamp normally placed on title page.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Peder Laale: Parabolae (1506).
 ln120_4a

B.U.H.
Bibliotheca Universitatis Hafniensis (The Library of the University of Copenhagen).

Normally placed on title page.
Written in pen or pencil.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Peder Laale: Parabolae (1506).
 sb_35742_3a The shelf mark consists of an abbreviation and a two- to six-digit number (sometimes two numbers separated by a slash), sometimes followed by an indication of format (fol., 4º/4to, or 8º/8vo). Click here for a list of occurring abbreviations.

Standard shelf mark used for University Library books up to 1970. Normally placed in the top left corner of the front pastedown or fly leaf.
Written in pencil.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Nordisk Tidskrift för Bok- och Biblioteksväsen, vol. XIX (1932).
 854_6a Afgivet af Univ. Bibl. (Transferred from the University Library).

Label with library stamp and printed text. Normally placed on pastedown.
(The University Library is now incorporated into the Royal Library).
 

Willem Iansz Blaeuw: Zeespiegel, inhoudende en korte Onderwysinghe inde konst der Zeevaert (1631).
 900_4a Det Kongelige Bibliotek København Æ.S.s acc. 1966/67 (The Royal Library Copenhagen Older Collection accession 1966/67).

Label with library stamp and accession information written in pencil. Normally placed at the bottom of the pastedown. It indicates which collection a book belongs to and when it was accessioned.
 

Galerie Théatrale ou collection des portraits en pied des principaux acteurs des trois premiers théatres de la Capitale ([1812]).
 fr3nra A number written in grey or red pencil in a 17th century style, normally consisting of four digits.

The number is usually placed on the front pastedown. It reflects the first cataloguing of the Royal Library, in the early 1660s.
 

Augustinus Steuchus Eugubinus: De perenni philosophia (1542).