|Coming soon: A new edition of The |
Borrowed House by the Purple House
Press, using the original HvS cover
art, © by the HvS Estate.
Third Publisher in English
Purple House Press will be the third publisher of the book, in addition to the Dutch translation, under the title Het Gestolen Huis ("The Stolen House"). The first two publishers were:
Farrar Straus (1975), which kept the book in print until the 1990s. Publication rights then reverted to the author.
Bethlehem Books (2000), which reprinted the book with a new cover. In 2006 the author died and all publication rights passed to the author's estate. In 2016 the English-language rights reverted to the Estate.The Borrowed House is an urban equivalent, based in Amsterdam, to The Winged Watchman (Farrar, 1962) which is based in a rural Dutch community and is kept in print by Bethlehem Books. The reprint edition published by Bethlehem Books has sold more than 50,000 copies and has been optioned for television rights.
Purple House Press was founded by Jill Morgan. The publisher focuses on classic books and has produced hundreds of titles over several years.
The Press has scanned the original painting by the author of the book, Hilda van Stockum (my late mother), and plans to use it for the cover of their edition of The Borrowed House.
Where in Amsterdam Does the Cover Show?
The original HvS cover art shows an Amsterdam scene with German Army (Wehrmacht) soldiers marching along a canal.
I am trying to find out what canal houses are shown. Is it the Herengracht or Keizersgracht, or the Prinsengracht?
One clue is that the scene is located near a cross-canal point, as indicated by the back cover. The double-width building at the end is also a good clue because it appears to be a bank. It has a star at the top.
In the background is a grey church steeple, rising above the red-brick buildings that hide the main part of the church.
The steeple looks like that of the Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam, but that is quite a way from the canal houses... Still puzzling.
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