This, the second of the Tintin stories, first appeared in black-and-white format, in French, in 1931, later issued in colour in 1946. This Dutch version appeared in 1947. The story was designed to encourage colonial sentiment towards the Belgian Congo, but being written in a paternalistic style that depicted the Congolese as childlike idiots, in later decades has been accused of racism; however, at the time it was quite usual, and publicity stunts were held to increase sales.
Georges Prosper Remi (1907-1983), known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist, best-known for his 'Adventures of Tintin' series of comic albums.
Our copy is in fair condition considering its age, and probable degree of use. The pictorial boards are badly rubbed along all edges, and the surface is also quite worn generally. There is a previous owner's name written twice on the front cover in biro, as well as a black line across part of the lower portion. The red spine covering is badly worn at top and bottom, with some loss, but is still holding the book together. Inside, the binding is loose but holding (webbing visible between gatherings). There are no loose pages. The text and pictures are generally clean apart from some general grubbiness attributable to the book's age. One for the collector. or enthusiast.