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University of Nottingham,
Eiríkur Benedikz Icelandic Collection

Title: Eiríkur Benedikz Icelandic Collection

Description: The Eiríkur Benedikz Icelandic Collection extends the University Library's collection of books and journals in Norse, Icelandic and Viking Studies. The Benedikz Collection fills gaps in the general collection and adds whole series, which lie within the category of Special Collections because of their rarity or specialised nature. Items from the Collection have been placed in a number of locations in the Library: in the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, on the open shelves on Level 4 of the Hallward Library, and in the closed-access Store.

Concepts: Old Norse language ; Old Norse literature ; Sagas ; Rímur ; Old Norse literature - History and criticism ; Iceland - Description and travel ; Iceland - History ; Civilization, Viking ; Vikings.

Strength: The Benedikz Collection is particularly rich in Old Icelandic manuscript facsimiles. The early printed books include fine examples of rare early saga editions. The Collection contains a number of notable items in the genre of travel writing from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. There are also many examples of biographical works and genealogies. Most notably, the Collection contains an exceptional range of Icelandic literature written after the medieval Golden Age. Eiríkur Benedikz specialised in collecting editions of rímur, a uniquely Icelandic poetic genre that was copiously produced and popular from the thirteenth to the twentieth century.

Accumulation date range: 1881-

Contents date range: 1733-

Super-collection: University of Nottingham, Icelandic and Old Norse Collection.

Catalogue: Printed items are included in the University of Nottingham Online Catalogue.

Accrual status: Selective: to support research within the University; to build on strengths and fill gaps in the collection. Purchase and deposit. Periodic.

Access control: Certain items within the collection are for reference only. Items from the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections may be consulted only in the Department's Reading Room. The opening hours are listed online for the Hallward Library and the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Location: Hallward Library, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK and Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, King's Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham NG7 2NR, UK.

Contact: Humanities Librarian Tel: +44 (0) 155 951 4584, Email: OR: Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections Tel: +44 (0)115 951 4565, Email:


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