Finely Bound Example of Hans Brinker
Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland.
Dodge, Mary Mapes.$150.00
Item Number: 74061
New York: Grosset & Dunlop , 1945.
Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain. Illustrated by Cyrus Leroy Baldridge. In fine condition.
New York native Mary Mapes Dodge had never visited Holland when she wrote Hans Brinker, but “every detail of life and custom was so carefully verified by the author that the book was immediately accepted by the Dutch as the most faithful story of Dutch life known in Holland” (Meigs, et al., 191). In addition to the climactic championship skating race, the novel includes the celebrated episode of the young “Hero of Harlaam” who stopped up the hole in the dike with his finger and saved the town, a fictitious hero and event for which the Dutch have erected a commemorative statue.