Mary Mapes Dodge was an American author who lived from 1831 to 1905. She is best known for her children’s novel “Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates,” which was published in 1865. Dodge’s writing style is characterized by its engaging storytelling and moral lessons.

Her works often revolve around themes of family, friendship, and perseverance. Dodge’s writing had a significant influence on the genre of children’s literature, as she was one of the first authors to write specifically for young readers. Her books continue to be beloved by children and adults alike, and her contributions to the genre have made her a notable figure in American literature.

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  • 1924: Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates, by Mary Mapes Dodge

    Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates is a classic children’s novel by Mary Mapes Dodge, first published in 1865. The story is set in the Netherlands and follows the adventures of Hans Brinker, a young boy who dreams of winning a pair of silver skates in a local skating race. Along the way, Hans and his family face many challenges, including poverty, illness, and the loss of a loved one. Despite these obstacles, Hans remains determined to achieve his goal and help his family. The novel is a heartwarming tale of perseverance, family, and the power of hope.

    This early edition of Hans Brinker features many drawings by Louis Rhead and is in a very good condition for its age. The cloth hardcover volume has a paper illustration on the cover, and while there is some wear and rubbing present on the cover, including the corners, there is no writing in the book. Some minor foxing, as well as fading/yellowing to pages due to age is present, as well occasional vintage fingerprints throughout the book. The thick, quality paper and top edges painted yellow add to the charm of this classic novel.