De Jong, Dola. The Picture Story of Holland (signed copy)
De Jong, Dola. The Picture Story of Holland (signed copy)
De Jong, Dola. The Picture Story of Holland (signed copy)

De Jong, Dola. The Picture Story of Holland (signed copy)

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De Jong, Dola. The Picture Story of Holland (signed copy); Pictures by Gerard Hordyk. New York: David McKay Company, Inc., 1946. First Edition. [6234]

Inscribed in ink on the tp, "For Mr. Williams, the year-round Santa Claus, from Ian's Mother, Dola de Jong, Xmas '53." Then, "Happy Birthday, George, is the heartfelt greetings from Your Friend, S. E. Williams, May 30, 1954."

Orange cloth with blue titles, 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches, pictorial end papers, 32 unnumbered pp. of text, illustrated in color throughout. Three small pieces of yellowed cello tape on the ffep - not repairs, but likely held a card in place at one time. Dust jacket with edge-wear and chipping, now in a clear wrapper. Good in good dust-jacket. Hardcover.

Uncommon signed.

"Dola de Jong was born Dorothea Rosalie de Jong in Arnhem in 1911. Her family was Jewish. Her mother died when she was five. When young she was interested both in writing and being a ballet dancer. Initially, because her father was opposed to her being a dancer, she became a journalist. She later moved to Amsterdam, where she took up ballet dancing. She toured with the Yvonne Georgi Ballet. At the same time, she was writing for girls’ magazines and a newspaper. She also published children’s books. Her first adult novel was published in 1939.

"When collecting for the Committee for Jewish Refugees, she received so much abuse, she decided to leave the Netherlands at once. She initially ended up in Tangiers but then managed to get a visa for herself and her fiancé for the United States. In New York, she managed to continue her writing career, publishing children’s and adult books. She stayed in the United States after the war, though she returned to the Netherlands in the 1970s for seven years, before returning to the United States. She died in 2003." - unsigned entry at The Modern Novel online.