Book Festival at Royal Danish Library

DR2 broadcasted Book Festival live from The Black Diamond in Copenhagen on Sunday, 8 November 2020. We showed off some of the library's treasures during the broadcast. Get to know the fine items.

Bogfestival 2020

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

In 2020, we had to do without many of the things we were used to. Unfortunately, this also applied to Bogforum. But we can not do without talking about books, literature and poetry - at least not here at the library. Instead of Bogforum, DR2 fortunately aired a 12-hour tour-de-force into the world of books - live from The Black Diamond - and we got to show off some of the treasures in our collections.

You can read more about them here and also find some of the other wonderful things that our collections contain.

The largest book

John James Audubon Roseate
The largest book in our collections is John James Audubon's life's work, The Birds of America. With its 435 hand-coloured bird drawings, it is an impressive work.

The smallest book

The smallest book
Books come in all sizes. Some so large that they have to be propped open to read. Others so small that they disappear on the shelves. Fortunately, not all of them have disappeared over the years.

The Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible
In the mid-15th century, Gutenberg revolutionised the production of books. He was the first to print books in Europe. Beautifully illuminated ones - and we have one of them.

Carl and Anne Marie

Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Nielsen
The Carl Nielsen archive is key to understanding two prominent artists in Danish history, Anne Marie and Carl Nielsen. The archive also tells about their passionate marriage.