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Jay Williams and Friso Henstra collaborated on a number of children's books in the late 1960's and early 1970's -- Henstra received a number of illustration awards for his fantastical designs. The Youngest Captain is a 1972 story that is somewhat more subdued, both in plot line and in Henstra's designs, but is nonetheless charming and very sweet.

The story of a boy in Holland named Pim who takes an imaginary trip around the world in his boat with his friend Henk, the book is dominated by the huge, swirling illustrations. (You'll see that Henstra does cut loose a bit when he gets to the sea monsters and giant bees.) It's a great addition to the collection of the Williams-Henstra collector, someone who loves to sail, or someone who loves stories based in Holland.


This 10 x 8 inch 1972 hardcover book is in excellent condition. The cloth cover shows bumping and bending at the tips and a very tiny bit of rubbing at the bottom of the spine. There is very little soiling. The interior is clean, crisp, unmarked, untorn and in near-fine condition.

The Youngest Captain - il. by Friso Henstra - 1972 - Holland - Jay Williams


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
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