Centsprent: [History of Robinson Crusoe] No 19.

Popular print with the history of Robinson Crusoe, showing how Robinson survived on the island of ‘wilden’ (wild men) after his shipwreck, by building a house and making pots. He saved the wild man Vrijdag, and when an English ship arrived, he took him and his father to Europe. Hoffers cites the source for his story extensively: ‘De Geschiedenis, bij welke deze afbeeldingen behooren, ’s, zeer leeslustwekkend en leerrijk, beschreven door den beroemden kindervriend Campe. De derde druk van dezelve is, in 1815, uitgegeven te Amsterdam bij J. ten Brink Gz. en J. de Vries.’ However, he did not copy the story literally, but also added his own elements, such as Robinson Crusoe actually being called Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was a Scottish privateer, who was a source of inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s character Robinson Crusoe.

Daniel’s Defoe’s story of Robinson Crusoe, originally published as The Life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe (London 1719), was very successful with Dutch publishers. Although neither the English nor the Dutch version was intended for children, the story became a very popular topic for children’s prints in the nineteenth century (De Meyer, p. 519).

Woodcuts by Christiaan Jacob Schuyling, signed ‘Schuyling’ in bottom right illustration.

Rotterdam, T. C. Hoffers (1820 – 1839); ‘Te Rotterdam, ter Boekdrukkerij van T.C. Hoffers, in de Korte Pannekoekstraat bij de Nieuwe Markt, Wijk I, No. 330’; numbered ‘No 19’ in upper right corner.

12 woodcut illustrations (each ca. 55 x 75 mm) on paper, hand coloured in red and green; texts under each image in letterpress; total: 410 x 335 mm; Pro Patria watermark; folded twice; part of top and bottom margins missing, restored with white tape on verso.
Meyer p. 172, Boerma p. 764 (Hoffers 19).

Incl. BTW  169,40

Excl. BTW  140,00

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