Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (1938)


First Edition of the Illustrated Whitman
Christmas Book Adaptation of Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

Dodge, Mary Mapes. Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman, 1938.

1st Edition. Softcover. Folio  13" - 23" tall.

First edition of this Christmas favorite, with black and white illustrations. Based on the 1865 novel by Mary Mapes Dodge, this illustrated adaptation was produced by the prominent Christmas publisher, Whitman. The story is set in the Netherlands and, interestingly, popularized the well-known story of the boy and the dike. Notably, none of the pictures in this book have been colored by a young owner, which is unusual for this title. Mild toning to interior, slightest rubbing to edges, lamination entirely removed with no damage. A near-fine copy.