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Black Tulip a Romance

By Dumas, Alexandre

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DUMAS, Alexandre (Pere)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1951. Hardcover. Typical darkening to the spine with a some scrapes to the leather label. Still about Near Fine in an intact, Very Good slipcase. Frans Lammers. Octavo (7-5/8" x 11") bound in full natural morocco with a tulip design stamped in gilt and black leather on the front cover and a gold-stamped black leather spine label. Translated by S. J. Adair Fitz-Gerald with an introduction by Ben Ray Redman. Designed by Jan van Krimpen and printed by Joh. Enschede in Holland. Illustrated with pen drawings by Frans Lammers engraved in wood by Gilbert Poilliot. Copy #660 of 1500 SIGNED by both the artist and the engraver on the colophon page.

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The Black Tulip A Romance

Dumas, Alexandre

Chicago, Illinois, USA: Rand, McNally & Company, 1893. Early Reprint Edition . Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Good green red illustrated cloth. Some wear, soiling, no jacket. 1893, 12mo, 268pp. "The story begins with a historical event - the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own countrymen - considered by many as one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity. The main plot line, involving fictional characters, takes place in the following eighteen months; only gradually does the reader understand its connection with the killing of the de Witt brothers. The city of Haarlem, Netherlands, has set a prize of 100,000 guilders to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country's best gardeners to win the money, honour and fame. The young and bourgeois Cornelius van Baerle has almost succeeded but is suddenly thrown into the Loevestein prison. There he meets the prison guard's beautiful daughter Rosa, who will be his comfort and help, and eventually become his rescuer. The novel was originally published in three volumes in 1850 as La Tulipe Noire by Baudry (Paris).

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