Rare books and special collections

Emil Fick's collection of bookson fencing and horsemanship

A very fine private library assembled by the officer and Olympic fencer Emil Fick (1863-1930). Half of the approximately 2,300 volumes in this collection comprise fencing literature, and the other half consists of books about horses and riding. After Emil Fricks death, the library of the Royal Armoury acquired this collection for a modest price, on condition that the collection was kept intact as a separate collection within the library.

In addition to books and magazines, the collection contains a large number of letters from leading fencing authorities in Europe and America, several hundred photographs of fencers, as well as newspaper articles and programmes from fencing and equestrian competitions.

The Thorvald Lidquist library of Falconry

Specialised library on falconry and hunting with other predatory birds, of approximately 150 books and graphic sheets. This collection contains the most important books published in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The collection was acquired for the Library in 1944 from Thorvald Lindquist.

Apart from this specialised collection, the Library of the Royal Armoury holds other works on falconry, and efforts have been made to supplement the Lindquist Library with works published later, as with older books not included.

Max Dregers Library

Max Dreger was director of the firm Friedrich Krupp in Essen, Germany. An expert in the technique of arms and an arms collector (swords and daggers), he assembled an important library of military treatises on fortification and artillery, as well as a small collection of books on Japanese weapons and armour. In 1950 the library acquired this collection of books.

There are also other notable collections of old and rare books in the library. Mainly books on weapons (including a collection of French ornament and design prints for gunsmiths), coaches and printed program from European court festivities.

The library also possesses a small number of manuscript including the Italian aristocrat and scientist Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli's handwritten manuscript to his book "L'Etat militaire de l'empire ottoman" from 1727.