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Holland and its people

by Edmondo De Amicis

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viii List of Illustrations.

PAUL POTTER THE BULL. Photogravure. Goupil &• Co., Paris . 138

TENIERS INTERIOR. Photogravure. Goupil & Co., Paris . .142

REMBRANDT

THE LESSON IN ANATOMY. Photogravure. Goupil 6- Co., Paris ...... 146

R. SWAIN GIFFORD SCHEVENINGEN. Etching . . .152

SCHEVENINGEN. Tail-piece . . . .198

R. SWAIN GIFFORD

HOTEL DE VILLE, LEYDEN. Japan proof . . 199

TOWN-HALL, HAARLEM. Japanproof . . 218

JOSEPH PENNELL HAARLEM. Etching . . . . .220

FRANZ HALS THE FOOL. Photogravure. Goupil & Co., Paris . 226

R. SWAIN GIFFORD

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH, AMSTERDAM. Japan

proof . . . . . . .238

JOSEPH PENNELL THE GHETTO, AMSTERDAM. Etching . . 240

SAMUEL COLMAN

TOWER DEMONTALBAAN, AMSTERDAM. Etching 246 MARCHE NEUF, AMSTERDAM. Etching . . 250

VAN DER HELST

THE BURGOMASTER. Photogravure. Goupil &• Co.,

Paris ....... 260

RUYSDAEL LANDSCAPE. Photogravure. Goupil &• Co., Paris . 262

AMSTERDAM. Tail-piece . . . . .264

THE CANAL, UTRECHT. Tail-piece . . .276

R. SWAIN GIFFORD THE MOUTH OF ZAAN, ZAANDAM. Japan proof 293

CHARLES A. PLATT OLD WINDMILL. Etching . . . .304

R. SWAIN GIFFORD THE ZUYDER ZEE. Japan proof . • .331

THE CUSTOM-HOUSE AND PIER, HARLINGEN

Japan proof . . . . . -344

CHARLES A. VANDERHOOF ON THE DYKE. Etching .... 346

R. SWAIN GIFFORD

WINDOWS OF AN OLD HOUSE, GRONINGEN.

Japan proof . . . . . • 371

GRONINGEN. Tail-piece 389

!HOEVER looks for the first time at a large map of Holland, wonders that a country so constituted can continue to exist. At the first glance, it is difficult to say whether land or water predominates, or whether Holland belongs more to the continent or to the sea. Those broken and compressed coasts, those deep bays; those great rivers that, losing the aspect of rivers, seem bringing new seas to the sea; and that sea, which, changing itself into rivers, penetrates the land and breaks it into archipelagoes ; the lakes, the vast morasses, the canals crossing and recrossing each other,—all combine to give the idea of a country that may at any moment disintegrate and disappear. Seals and beavers would seem to be its rightful inhabitants ; there are men bold enough to live in it, but it would seem as if they could hardly ever sleep in peace.

These were my thoughts as I looked for the first time at a map of Holland, and experienced a desire to know something about the formation of so strange a country ; and as what I learned of its origin and history was the cause, both of my journey and of this book, I will give my reader the benefit of it.

What sort of a country Holland is, has been told by many in few words.

Napoleon said that it was an alluvion of French rivers —the Rhine, the Schelde, and the Meuse,—and with this pretext he added it to the empire. One writer has defined it as a sort of transition between land and sea. Another, as an immense crust of earth floating on the water. Others, as an annex of the old continent, the China of Europe, the end of the earth and the beginning of the ocean, a measureless raft of mud and sand ; and Phillip II. called it the country nearest to hell.

But they all agreed upon one point, and all expressed it in the same words :—Holland is a conquest made by man over the sea—it is an artificial country—the Hollanders made it—it exists because the Hollanders preserve it—it will vanish whenever the Hollanders shall abandon it.

To comprehend this truth, we must imagine Holland as it was when inhabited by the first German tribes that wandered away in search of a country.


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