It has been more than one hundred fifty years since the Palace on the Dam was used as an actual residence. Still today, H.M. Queen Beatrix uses it only for state visits, the New Year's Reception, the annual diplomatic banquet and other formal occasions. She lives, not in Amsterdam, but in The Hague. Particularly because of it's imposing 'burgerzaal' (Citizen's Hall), the Palace on the Dam is extremely suitable for large receptions and dinners. In 1806 Louis Napoleon, at the start of his reign, must have realized this as well. It was his intention to make the important commercial centre of Amsterdam his official place of residence. However, no previous tradition existed in this regard and Amsterdam boasted no palace of it's own. In about 1807, the first discussions took place with the city concerning the transformation of the town hall into a royal residence. Soon afterward, at the beginning of 1808, the plan was put into effect: the seventeenth-century town hall was renovated and furnished as a palace.
The attractively produced book is in fine condition, apart from a small mark near the lower edge of the front. The jacket has some lightly creased edges, and light indentation marks on the glossy surface. The book has the English translation printed alongside the Dutch text. Includes full page colour and b/w plates.