Nordisk familjebok

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1st edition (Nordisk familjebok) 2nd edition (Uggleupplaga - 'Owl Edition')
1st edition (Nordisk familjebok)
2nd edition ( Uggleupplaga  - 'Owl Edition')

The first edition of the Nordisk familjebok ( Konversationslexikon och Realencyklopedi in Swedish ) is a conversation dictionary . Since the second edition, it has assumed the size of a universal encyclopedia . Along with the Danish-speaking Salmonsens Konversationsleksikon, it is the most comprehensive reference work in the Scandinavian-speaking area .

In 1874, the publisher, printer and newspaper editor Christian Emanuel Gernandt had hired an editor in Stockholm to publish an encyclopedia in six volumes. The first edition, the first volume of which appeared in 1876, was only finished with 18 volumes in 1896 and two supplementary volumes in 1899. The largest Swedish encyclopedia to date was the second edition with 38 volumes, which was published from 1904 to 1926. In 1958 the last volume of the fourth edition appeared. The editorial archive of the first and second editions can be found in the manuscript collection of the Royal Library in Stockholm. The first and second editions are in the public domain and can be used online.


  • 1st edition, 1876–1899 (volumes 1–18 + supplement volumes 19–20)
  • 2nd edition, 1904–1926 (volumes 1–34 + supplement volumes 34–38)
  • Overview of both editions ( )

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