“For mysterious reasons, in most sets the first volume [of De boeken der kleine zielen], ‘De kleine zielen’ (4, 268, 4, 252 pp.), is slightly damaged,” a reputable antiquarian bookseller complained recently. And yes, that is also the case in this series. Well, ‘slightly damaged’ is a euphemism. The somewhat skewed book was owned by someone who did not shy away from using gum arabic and transparent adhesive tape, which was not uncommon in the twentieth century. He did not apply gum arabic, but the adhesive tape is omnipresent. But to be honest, the back is still stuck to the spine. Adhesive tape was also abundantly applied on the inside of the book. Still, this is actually quite a nice copy.
In the second volume, ‘Het late leven’ (4, 180, 4, 184 pp.) the owner had run out of adhesive tape; it was also not necessary. The book is skewed. But it can be returned to its original shape with some pressure.
Volumes 3 and 4, ‘Zielenschemering’ (4, 192, 4, 216 pp.) and ‘Het heilige weten’ (4, 220, 4, 224 pp.) are also very slightly skewed. But both books are, apart from some foxing and spots, still in excellent condition.
All four volumes are almost without writing. ‘Almost’, because a previous owner numbered the books from 1 to 4 on the title pages. But - yes, for every disadvantage there is an advantage - these numbers make you aware of the order in which these copies of ‘De boeken der kleine zielen’ should be kept in your bookcase.
NOTE: Oliver B. Bumble and Tom Puss are not included in this lot.
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Louis Couperus
- Book Title
- De boeken der kleine zielen
- Mixed / Multiple
- Publication year oldest item
- Publication year youngest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- L.J. Veen, Amsterdam
- Binding/ Material
- 21×17 cm