In 1989, author and artist Tove Jansson (1914–2001) donated 410 books from her home library for The Finnish Institure for Children’s Literature. The donation included both children’s literature and studies on literature and illustration.
The collection includes literature written in 16 different languages: Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Greek, Japanese and Greenlandic. Works written in multiple languages also include Faroese and Karelian. The oldest book in the collection is published in 1870, and the newest in 1989.
The books often include Tove Jansson’s signature, one or several of her bookplates, or even inscriptions. Some of the bookplates (named ”ex libris” in Onnet database) and the inscriptions are displayed here.
Now named Tove Jansson’s Home Library Collection, or Tove Jansson Collection for short, the donation is housed in The Finnish Institure for Children’s Literature in Tampere, Finland. An overview on the collection is available in Finnish. The collection can be viewed and studied in the Onnet database or by visiting us, see contact information and opening hours here.
Text and cataloguing the Tove Jansson Collection into Onnet database: