A RARE FIND - FROM TBCL'S PRIVATE BESTON COLLECTION. Early 1929 drawing and personal greeting by Henry Beston!
Hingham, Massachusetts. Beston, Henry, 1929.
Signed by Author. Original illustration, New Year's greeting and autograph, dated the year following the 1928 publication of his landmark book, THE OUTERMOST HOUSE.
Beston sketched his beloved Fo’castle on the Cape Cod shoreline, and wrote ..."SHIP AHOY! A RISING TIDE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO BOB AND FLORENCE AND BOBBY JR. FROM THEIR OLD FRIEND OF THE OUTERMOST PALAZZO. - HENRY. NEW YEARS 1929."
Henry Beston donated Fo’castle to the Audubon Society in 1959. In 1964, Beston returned one last time to dedicate Fo’castle as a National Literary Landmark.
The dedication plaque reads:
“WHEREIN HE SOUGHT THE GREAT TRUTH AND FOUND IT IN THE NATURE OF MAN.”
He urged young visitors to the site to keep a reverence for nature in their hearts. The house was washed away by a hurricane in February 1978, but pilgrims still come each year to see the place where it stood.
Attention admirers and collectors of Henry Beston and Elizabeth Coatsworth: Many more unique items from TBCL's private Beston Collection are now available. Please contact us to find out more.
HENRY BESTON was an American writer and naturalist, and is considered one of the fathers of the modern environmental movement. His now classic observations of Cape Cod are captured in his classic, The Outermost House, written after Beston spent what he called "a year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod", and has been called one of the motivating factors behind the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Author Rachel Carson said that Beston was the only author who ever influenced her writing. Beston married writer Elizabeth Coatsworth in 1929.
Item #33014 Price: US$1,000.00