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I Planted Trees
Author: Baker, Richard St. Barbe
Reference #: 2124
Status: For Sale
List Price: $50.00
Richard St. Barbe Baker came to be known as “The Man of the Trees” for his work in Africa, the Middle East, and other venues in promoting forestation, and the organization that bears this name still carries on with this work beyond his passing in 1982. Charles, Prince of Wales, is its honorary patron.
We have a second printing of his autobiographical “I Planted Trees” (1944, 1947), published by Lutterworth Press, London. A Fine, unblemished, small octavo in green cloth in a somewhat tattered, but uncommon and price-clipped variant dust jacket, now in a protective archival-quality sleeve. 262 pp.; frontispiece portrait and 46 photographs (b&w).
Recounting his work in Great Britain, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ceylon, it is eminently readable. Though we don’t believe it is mentioned in the book, Baker's friendship with President Franklin D. Roosevelt contributed to his establishing the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal initiative. His world view was much affected by his connection with the Baha’i Faith, and the chapter “Planting in the Holy Land” includes memories of his meeting in Haifa with Shoghi Effendi and a photograph of the Cypress and Roses by the Shrine of the Bab. In the same chapter is recounted at some length his discussions in Jerusalem with Sir John Chancellor, the High Commissioner, and the memory of the latter of Lord Allenby. (Allenby’s meeting with ‘Abdu’l-Baha after the First World War is recounted in the following chapter on ‘The Rebirth of Palestine’. A strong and enduring connection with the University of Saskatchewan is evidenced by their collection of his fonds.
His was an early “urgent warning of difficulties ahead, unless we plant now and plan wisely for the future.”
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