The Black Tulip, A Romance (Signed copy)
Signed by the book's designer Jan Van Krimpen and the illustrator Frans Lammers
First thus. Limited to 1500 copies, this being no 59. Full morocco leather, gold on black leather title label to spine, tulip in black and gilt to front cover. Top edge gilt, fore-edge untrimmed. 21.5 × 13.5cm, xxiv + 326pp.
This limited edition has been signed by Jan Van Krimpen and Frans Lammers to the limitation page.
The Black Tulip (first published in 1850 and the shortest of Dumas's most famous tales) is set in Holland in 1672, and weaves the historical events surrounding the brutal murder of John de Witte and his brother Cornelius into a tale of romantic love.
The book is illustrated by chapter headings by Frans Lammers, engraved on wood by Gilbert Poilliot, and the book was design by Jan Van Krimpen (1892–1958), a leading typographer, book designer and type designer famed for his work with Dutch printing house Joh. Enschedé.
Good condition. The calf binding suffers from some spotted foxing and the book lacks the slipcase. The calf is tanned to the spine and approximately half of the boards with a fairly even mark being visible to the upper board. Internally, the book is in very good condition, with clean pages and secure binding. Many pages uncut (ie unopened at the top of the page).