The private library of Alfred Nobel

Books in a bookshelf

Alfred Nobel’s huge interest in literature and writing is reflected in his book collections. After his death he left a private library of over 1500 volumes, mostly fiction in the original language, works by the great writers of the 19th century, but also the classics and works by philosophers, theologians, historians and other scientists. The major part of Alfred Nobel’s private library was moved in stages from Paris to San Remo and, by way of different locations in Stockholm, to the present Alfred Nobel Museum at Björkborn Manor, near Karlskoga, Sweden.

Complete lists of Alfred Nobel’s private library:

All books in alphabetical order
(276 Kb long table)

The material was compiled in 1996 (Åke Erlandsson: Humanities) and 1997 (Niklas Mattsson: Sciences).

Read more about Alfred Nobel’s private library in this essay
Alfred Nobel and his interest in literature.

First published 30 March 1998

Copyright © Åke Erlandsson, Nobel Library of the Swedish Academy 1997

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