First Edition of Mary Mapes Dodge's Classic Work Hans Brinker
Hans Brinker Or, The Silver Skates. A Story of Life in Holland.
Dodge, Mary Mapes.$1,800.00
Item Number: 89027
New York: James O'Kane, 1866.
First edition of the author’s second and best known work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Illustrated by F.O.C. Darley and Thomas Nast. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. In exceptional 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.