Item #65387 John Burroughs Photograph and ALS
John Burroughs Photograph and ALS

John Burroughs Photograph and ALS

Photograph measuring 8 3/4" x 11 3/8". Lightly curled; one small crease to the top left corner; 1/4" closed tear to the right edge; two short pieces of tape to the reverse. With an ALS on John Burroughs' letterhead [5 3/8" x8 2/8"]. Three short pieces of tape to reverse.

The note is written on Burroughs' Riverby, West Park, New York letterhead. Riverby was Burroughs' estate. "Riverby" is also the title of one of his books, published in 1894. Item #65387

Burroughs writes in the letter, "May 3rd / Dear Ruth, / (?) / I think you better carry out / your original plan & (?) here / on Decoration Day for the week / end. If I go to (?) I will be / back in time, but I may not / go. I shall be delighted to see / you again. Spring comes slow / here, no fruit trees in bloom / yet, but grass grows. / With much love / J.B."

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was an internationally known American essayist and naturalist who celebrated nature and whose style was similar to Henry David Thoreau. He was referred to as the "father of the nature essay." He is credited with bringing awareness of the importance of conservation of the environment at a time when industrialization was on the rise. His first book, "Notes on Walt Whitman, as Poet and Person," was the the first book written on Walt Whitman, who was Burroughs' lifelong friend.

Price: $250.00

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