Holland Sketches (1907)


First Edition of Penfield's Holland Sketches 1907,
With 34 Mounted Color Plates After Illustrations
by "The Father of American Poster Art"

Penfield, Edward. Holland Sketches. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907.

Tall quarto. Hardcover.

First edition of this survey of Holland with 30 mounted color plates depicting Dutch people and views as well as four mounted color chapter title plates by one of America's great illustrators, in handsome publisher's binding.

This stunning travelogue offers 34 mounted color plates depicting the people and sites of Holland. The illustrator, Edward Penfield, was part of the so-called "Golden Age of Illustration." Known for both his bold, graphic illustration and his poster art, Penfield was extremely popular during the late 19th and early 20th century. Penfield's view of art was that it should be immediately interpretable without study--a quality that marks every stunning illustration in this work. Without dust jacket. Posthumous inscription on half title for a former Dutch-heritage owner. Plates and text generally lovely and fine, front inner paper hinge split but strong, only light wear to binding extremities. A near-fine copy.