RICHARD ST. BARBE BAKER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/27/1973 - HFSID 80986
RICHARD ST. BARBE BAKER The British environmental activist and author thanks a correspondent for his "kind & genuine appreciation of my books & work." ALS: "Richard St. B. Baker", 1p, 8¼x9½, affixed to 13x9½ sheet. Legate House, Bramley, Buildford, England, 1973 November 27.
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RICHARD ST. BARBE BAKER
The British environmental activist and author thanks a correspondent for his "kind & genuine appreciation of my books & work."
ALS: "Richard St. B. Baker", 1p, 8¼x9½, affixed to 13x9½ sheet. Legate House, Bramley, Buildford, England, 1973 November 27. On Men of the Trees letterhead to "Dear Nelson Taylor". In part: "How very kind of you to write to me. I am most grateful to you for your kind & genuine appreciation of my books & work. [one line llegible] book: you & your friends will enjoy it. I have not yet [illegible]. [Several words illegible, but relating to an exhibition on December 11]. Much remains to be done. [illegible] Yrs Sincerly". At left margin, a review of Baker's book, Famous Trees of Bible Lands, has been affixed. At lower left margin, an article form the Saturday, March 15, 1980 edition of "The Daily Telegraph" has been affixed. The article is headed: "21,000 Plantings Fight Tree Loss". Baker published Famous Trees of Bible Lands in 1974, the year after he wrote this letter. He was working on his 31st book when he died in Canada while on a worldwide tour to promote environmental issues. British forester, environmentalist and author Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982) is best known for founding Men of the Trees (1922), an organization that grew to international proportions and led to conservation efforts, including the planting of thousands of trees, in 108 countries. Baker, one of the first to draw attention to the the crisis of deforestation, also conceived the concept of the Civilian Conservation Corps for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he was well known for his efforts to reclaim the Sahara Desert through tree planting. Baker's efforts spanned the globe, beginning in Kenya shortly after the end of WWI. Baker later spread his message of conservation in Palestine, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, tireless promoting his concept of an international Green Front. Letter is lightly creased, rippled from mounting. Minor show through of writing on verso at tree logo at left margin. Mounting sheet is lightly creased. Ink notes (unknown hand) at upper right corner above letter and at end of book review. Overall, fine and interesting.
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