The 17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn, or The Round Tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. When Christian IV built the tower, Denmark was famous for its astronomical achievements thanks to the astronomer Tycho Brahe. When he died in 1601, the King wished to continue Brahe's research, and thus the round tower came into being.
It has been a while since the scientists left, but the observatory is still used by amateur astronomers and the many visitors. The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform from which you have a magnificent view of the old part of Copenhagen.
The Library Hall of The Round Tower once housed the entire book collection of the university. Famous Danish writer H.C. Andersen used to visit the library and found inspiration for his work here. It opened in 1657 and housed approximately 10,000 books until 1861 where the book collection was moved to new premises on Fiolstræde, not far from the Round Tower. Today the hall serves as the framework for exhibitions of art, culture, history and science. This central location and historic background is a most appropriate choice of venue for an antiquarian book fair held in Copenhagen.
Following the ILAB President's Meeting in Copenhagen in September 2017, the Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of Denmark, ABF is inviting booksellers and collectors to participate and visit 2017 Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair!