The Library holds a substantial collection af rare books (called ra), whose close to 500 numbers contain both old and new publications. More
The oldest book in the Library is a 1512-edition of Leon Battista Alberti's groundbreaking renaissance architectural treatise. Many of the rare books are treasures of books history, like Andrea Palladio's Quattro libri dell'architettura in the first edition from 1570, Andrea Pozzo's Prospettiva de pittori e architetti from 1693-1700 or G.P. Lomazzos Trattato dell'arte della pittura, scoltura, et architettura from 1585.
But a number of modern classics are found as well, such as the Bauhausbucher from the 1920s, the DADA Almanach from 1920, Wassily Kandinsky's Über das Geistige in der Kunst from 1912, Le Corbusier's Poème de l'angle droit, or the periodicals COBRA and Le petit COBRA from 1949-50.
The nineteenth century is represented by e.g. Ludvig Fenger's Dorische Polychromie from 1886, the Danish perspective treatise, C.W. Eckerberg's Linear-perspectiven anvendt paa Malerkunsten from 1841, J.-F. Champolion's Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens from 1824 or L.J.M. Daguerre's Historique et description des procédés du Daguerretypie et du Diorama fra 1839, one of the founding documents of photography.
From the eighteenth century W. Mason's The English Garden from 1783 or William Hogarth's The analysis of beauty from 1753 could be mentioned.
Concerns about security and preservation of the rare books means they can only be studied in the study room in Søborg. Please remember to make an appointment. Book a time for the Study room in Søborg