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Norsk Antikvarbokhandlerforening

Ruuds Antikvariat
Ullevålsveien 35, Postboks 2698 St. Hanshaugen,
NO-0131 Oslo

Vibeke Ruud is president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Norway or Norsk Antikvarbokhandlerforening (NABF). It was established in April 1942 by Jørgen W. Cappelen (Cappelens Antikvariat), Damms Antikvariat, Norlis Antikvariat and others, who are still in business today. The NABF joined the League in 1948 and counts around 20 affiliates at the moment. 

Rules are strict for applicants: They must have five years of practise as antiquarian booksellers and need recommendation from at least two NABF members. As ILAB affiliates they adhere to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice.

The year 2002 saw a very special event: The NABF arranged the 36th ILAB Congress and the 19th International Antiquarian Book Fair in cooperation with the other Scandinavian Associations. The NABF also participates in a cooperative online project of the Nordic rare booksellers: is an internet database for all Scandinavian ILAB affiliates. Initiated in October 1998, it has 97 participants and over 1.572.000 titles today.


Vibeke Ruud


Arne-Ivar Kjerland (Nynorsk Antikvariat, Tvedstrand), Treasurer

Kjell Arve Straumsvåg (Kjell Arve Straumsvågs Antikvariat, Fjærland)

Harald Brovold (Wangsmos Antikvariat AS), Trondheim)

Term of office

4 years

Annual meeting

On occasion

Further reading

Erica Olsen visited the antiquarian bookshops in Norway. Read her article „Book Collecting in Norway“ on this website. It was first published in Fine Books & Collections, June 2009.

Internet (NABF) and

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