The Queen’s Reference Library contains many rare and magnificent books. Even though the very impressive stock the Reference Library contained in the 18th century was in large part lost during the first fire at Christiansborg Palace in 1794, many antiquarian and bibliophile treasures have since been added, both during the reestablishment of the Reference Library at the beginning of the 19th century, and later.
Le Brun’s Grande Galerie de Versailles, 1752
Det komplette eksemplar af dette pragtværk om en af solkongen Louis 14.s mest storslåede kunstneriske iscenesættelser, Charles Le Bruns spejlgalleri i Versailles, er særlig interessant for både sin indbinding og sin proveniens. Bindet er et fransk pragtbind fra udgivelsesåret eller året efter, lavet af den franske hofbogbinder Antoine-Michel Padeloup d.y., og det har tilhørt én af samtidens mest magtfulde mænd i Danmark, J.H.E. Bernstorff, der efter en periode som dansk gesandt i Frankrig i 1751 tiltrådte stillingen som Frederik 5.s udenrigsminister. Bernstorff var bogsamler med sans for kvalitet, og bogen bærer hans smukke ejermærke på bindet, et såkaldt super-exlibris.
Pictures and maps
The Reference Library’s collection of maps and pictures includes many thousand sheets. There are both printed and hand-drawn maps and town plans, architectural drawings, portraits and history images in several graphic techniques, photographs, and a number of drawings by Danish and foreign artists. The map collection was saved from the first Christiansborg Palace fire in 1794 and includes many rare and unique sheets.
Juliane Marie's Atlas
Queen Juliane Marie’s Atlas is a collection of maps and drawings bound in 37 large folio volumes. It is a parallel collection to her husband Frederik V’s Atlas, which consists of 55 volumes and which is located in The Royal Library. Juliane Marie’s Atlas consists of 2,798 sheets, of which many are hand-tinted or hand-drawn. Among the drawings are those by the first professor of architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the French architect Nicolas-Henri Jardin, of the first Christiansborg Palace’s Great Hall from 1765-66.
Her Majesty the Queen’s Reference Library is the Royal Family’s private library, established in 1746 by Frederik V. It contains the Danish monarchs’ collections of books, manuscripts, maps, pictures, photos, sheet music and more. The library is housed in Christian VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg and at Christiansborg Palace. The collections occupy approximately 3 kilometres of shelf space. They are large part composed of the still-growing book collection of around 100,000 volumes stemming from the end of the 1400s until today. Amongst the approximately 11,000 geographical maps in the map collection, which stem from around 1650 to around 1900, are many unique and rare maps, primarily of Europe, including Denmark and the former Danish territories, but also the rest of the world. The picture collection contains a variety of material from the middle of the 1700s until today, consisting amongst other things of original artworks, photographs, prospectuses, and posters. Finally, the Reference Library has a film collection and a sheet music collection, both of them stemming from Frederik IX. As part of the royal collections, the Reference Library is home to a rich and various source material regarding the Royal Family and Denmark’s history and culture. The Library often contributes to exhibitions and publications, and is, with certain restrictions, open to the public. The majority of its catalogues are available to search in on the internet. Read more.
Her Majesty the Queen’s Reference Library is open to visit by appointment. Since it is a reference library, books, maps, and other materials may not be borrowed, but only viewed on site. As a general rule, only materials which cannot be viewed in other Danish libraries are made available. Enquiries specifying what you wish to see and to what purpose should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, after which an appointment can be made.