This first edition of De Bruidegom from 1912 is signed by Van Booven and has a dedication to one “Truus”, dated 1918. In addition, there are some corrections or additions to the text by Van Booven, the most significant being the change from “potsierlijke” to “dwaze” on page 189 and the addition of “1912” on the title page.
The dedication below the signature:
Voor Truus van Henri 1918
Studie in voorbeeldigheid
“...hij zou zich zelf dan verwen
schen om zijn dwaze en onman-
blz. 189 De Bruidegom
In 1961, someone deemed it necessary to put another dedication in the book (“Voor Gerrit en Engeltje van een oude bekende - aug. 1961”) and to cross out part of the original dedication. Moreover, two corrections were made to the text.
¶ Hendrik Cornelis Alexander (Henri) van Booven (Haarlem, 17 July 1877 - The Hague, 31 January 1964) was a writer and journalist, and best known in Dutch literature as the first biographer of Louis Couperus (Leven en Werken van Louis Couperus) (1933).
Van Booven made his debut with ‘Witte nachten’ in 1901. This collection of (prose) poems was largely written under the influence of Herman Gorter and French writers such as Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine, whom Van Booven had met through his friend De Nerée tot Babberich.
In 1898 he travelled to the Congo Free State but had to return early in 1899 because of severe malaria. He used his experiences in the Congo in his debut novel ‘Tropenwee’ that was published in 1904. Parts had already appeared in ‘Witte nachten’. Tropenwee would have 18 editions and become Van Booven's greatest success. He would never repeat this success, although he wrote many more novels. Most of them were autobiographical. In 1906, for example, ‘Van de vereering des leevens’ was published and in 1912 ‘De bruidegom’, which in literary, fictional form more or less recounted Van Booven's personal life around 1900.
In 1907 he published the short story collection ‘Sproken’, influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and Auguste Villiers de L'Isle-Adam. The Hague novel ‘De fraaie comedie’ has a dandy as the main character, which makes Van Booven a belated but modest representative of the literary fin de siècle. Through his literary and journalistic work, he had become friends with writers such as Lodewijk van Deyssel, Herman Gorter and Cyriel Buysse. During the First World War, Van Booven was a reporter for the NRC newspaper in Flanders for some time. He used his experiences in the novel ‘De scheiding’, set in Flanders in 1919. Until 1937 he remained a (foreign) reporter for the NRC and various smaller (literary) magazines and periodicals.
Book in good condition. Spine slightly sunned. Corners slightly bumped. Minor foxing.
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- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Gesigneerd; Henri van Booven
- Book Title
- De Bruidegom
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- P.N. van Kampen & Zoon, Amsterdam
- Binding/ Material
- Signed, Signed by author
- Number of pages
- 22×16 cm