In the Dutch Golden Age, Holland became the warehouse of the world and the gateway to Europe. At the same time, Dutch scientists unravelled the mysteries of daily life, while painters presented a new vision of reality and changed the world of art. In his books ‘Kingdom by the Sea, a celebration of Dutch cultural heritage’ and the Dutch-language equivalent ‘Sterke Verhalen’, author Mark Zegeling tells the inspiring stories of courageous pioneers, innovative entrepreneurs, talented artists, old Dutch masters and other notable characters who have captured our imagination for centuries.
In his beautifully designed high-end coffee table book, Zegeling reveals the hidden stories behind the iconic gables and heritage houses which served as an inspiration for the KLM collection of miniature houses. The world-class Delft Blue miniatures are given to businessclass passengers on long haul flights and represent about hundred existing monuments and national landmark across the country. On the occasion of the launch of KLM house No. 97 (a replica of Hotel New York in Rotterdam), the author also introduced a limited edition of his Dutch language book ‘Sterke Verhalen, een eerbetoon aan monumentaal Nederland’ with a front cover made of real China porcelain. Such exclusive cover has never been been made in book printing history and is a world exclusive.
The tile on the porcelain cover depicting the Admirals’ ship The Rotterdam protecting the Herreng fleet is based on an original tile panel from 1712. As a tribute to the maritime history of the city of Rotterdam, only 500 copies with a porcelain front cover were made by artists of Royal Delft/De Porceleyne Fles (est. 1653). The numbered limited edition in Dutch language is carefully packed in a luxurious gift box including a certificate of authenticity by Royal Delft.
Author Kingdom by the Sea,
A celebration of Dutch cultural heritage and architecture