Where land meets sea ; the tide line of Cape Cod written and engraved by Clare Leighton
New York : Rinehart and Co., 1954. Inscribed by Clare Leighton. First Edition. Hardcover. 202 pages ; illustrated ; 25 cm. $4.00 dust jacket. Previous owner bookplate on the front free endpaper. No other markings within this book. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
WHERE LAND MEETS SEA
The Tide Line of Cape Cod by CLARE LEIGHTON
Clare Leighton is one of our most sensitive interpreters of the beauties of Nature. Each new book is an event equally important to the art world and reading public; her writing and her incomparable wood engravings supplement each other superbly. Four full-page wood engravings and over thirty others embellish the text, which covers such subjects as Lighthouses, Ponds (with such names as Horseleech, Spectacle and Slough), The Wellfleet Oyster Houses, The Blessing of the Fleet, Cranberries, The Rituals of Summer, The Magic of the Flats, and many other places and things that give to the Cape its unique beauty.
The author modestly describes her book as "merely a gathering together of my own personal impressions. . . . There is nothing authoritative about it, and it would be a failure as a guide book. I give no information, and history is something I have left untouched. I have written this book solely because I wanted to. And I wanted to do so because I happen to love the Cape deeply. Because I love this particular earth and sea I have tried to show the basic, enduring life of Cape Cod.
"I hope I have been able to instill into it something of the feeling of universality of the sea so that, though the setting may chance to be Cape Cod, it will belong to all seas and all shores, everywhere, and delight those who love a watery world — a tide-line world where land meets sea and each enriches the other."
Clare Leighton has achieved her goal in a book of rare distinction. Not since Henry Beston's unforgettable "The Outermost House" has there appeared a book of such relaxed charm and beauty.
Miss Leighton was born in London and moved to this country in 1939. She attended the Slade School of the University of London and has an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Colby College. Her woodcuts and engravings hang in museums throughout the country, and she is the author of many previous books. Her sympathetic interpretations of the American scene are among her best works, including a series of designs on New England Industries for Wedgewood. Winters she lives in Connecticut and in summers on Cape Cod.
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