Since the 1950s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers. The replicas of these historic (canal)houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of The Netherlands worldwide. The publication Little Kingdom by the Sea offers an exclusive peek into the lives of the inhabitants of the KLM houses.
Extensive research, including interviews with architectural historians and current residents, has yielded a wealth of new information, engaging anecdotes and unique and juicy stories.
The Blue Delft figures are being collected worldwide, and have turned many business traveler into avid collectors.
IN OCTOBER 2015 THE KLM REVEALED ITS LATEST ADDITION TO THE KLM HOUSES COLLECTION: KORTENDIJK 67 in GORINCHEM.
The eBook has been updated with a brand new chapter.
Little Kingdom by the Sea reveals the secrets behind the KLM houses. The book is a marvelous celebration of highlights of Dutch Cultural Heritage and Architecture. Liesbeth Heenk of Amsterdam Publishers will be acting as the agent for this Kindle ebook.
The eBook received numerous 5-star reviews on Amazon! A selection:
“This is wonderful, almost impossible to put down, trek through Dutch architectural history and Dutch cultural heritage from the late Middle Ages to the present. While much of the book is devoted to historic buildings in major cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the book does a fine job pointing out many of the most historically important buildings in other notable Dutch cities and towns like Utrecht, Gouda, and Delft. These buildings are those that have been chosen by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to be depicted as Delft Blue miniature houses to those flying in Business Class since the 1950s, and a tradition that doesn’t seem to be dying out yet. I have to praise Mark Zegeling for writing a compelling look at both Dutch architecture and history, written in a lively, often engaging, prose style. This is one little book worthy of many a reader’s attention.” – John Kwok, Hall of Fame reviewer
***** Little Kingdom – Great Read!
“This book is such a delight! Starting by chronicling the history of the KLM Delft Blue miniature houses and monuments and their relevance to Dutch culture, the author then leads us on a fascinating tale that covers in detail the wonderful culture, art, architecture and history of the Netherlands.
Packed with intriguing anecdotes and strange but true facts, Little Kingdom is an impressive and beautifully illustrated book that will have you turning the pages for hours. A charming and truly captivating read.”
***** Little Kingdom: a Great Delight!
“I am fond of Holland and love to stroll along the canals of Amsterdam. I often wondered about the inhabitants of these magnificent canal houses; what were their stories, their professions and passions. Now that I read Little Kingdom by the Sea I understand what went on behind those grand facades of the Golden Age. The optimism and spirit of 17th century Dutch entrepreneurs is truly inspiring!
In the past I never had the privilege of traveling business class with KLM so never received a Delft Blue canal house, but have seen them all over the world and understand why people are avid collectors of these replica’s. The book was a real eye opener to me, containing a wealth of information. Not dry facts, but juicy and fun stories! The Blue Delft KLM houses epitomize the Netherlands; the facades of the canal houses conceal wonderful and inspiring stories, some of which left their mark on the world. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Ideal to download on your Kindle when you travel to Amsterdam.“
The Dutch version of Little Kingdom by the Sea is hugely popular; over 15.000 copies have been sold since its publication in 2013. The author, Mark Zegeling, has toured Canada and the United States to promote his book. The tour has been very succesful. In the near future some further publications will see the light, one of which is a book with a cover that you have never seen before, made by the Amsterdam based designers Dog and Pony.