Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (ca. 1900)
HANS BRINKER or The Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland. MARY MAPES DODGE, Illustrated by GEORGE LAWSON, Saalfield Publishing Co., Chicago, U.S.A.,
(Undated circa 1900).
Juvenile Fiction Novel
Vintage from the 1900s
The novel takes place in the Netherlands and is a colorful fictional portrait of early 19th-century Dutch life, as well as a tale of youthful honor. The book's title refers to the beautiful silver skates to be awarded to the winner of the ice-skating race Hans Brinker hopes to enter.
The novel introduced the sport of Dutch speed skating to Americans, and in U.S. media Hans Brinker is still considered the prototypical speed skater. The book is also notable for popularizing the story of the little Dutch boy who plugs a dike with his finger.
Blue cover with black title. Secure binding with clean age-toned pages and a tiny bump at cover top. Jacket has an inch v-shaped chip at top, small tear at spine and small edge tears/chips. 7-1/2 x 5 with 407 pp. Scarce with jacket!