The Lost Christmas Gift (Hardcover)
Seventy years after his father left to be a mapmaker for the war in Europe, Emerson Johansson received a package that had been lost in the mail for decades. The parcel contained a most extraordinary gift: an exquisite book Johansson's father lovingly made by hand, detailing an unforgettable adventure they shared together just months before his departure. With maps, drawings, watercolors and photographs, this artifact and family heirloom recounts a mountainous winter landscape alive with the dangers and magic of an alpine blizzard. Destined to become a Christmas classic, The Lost Christmas Gift is a faithful reproduction of the magnificent hand-crafted present Johnasson's father sent him, and a poignant reminder that the best gifts transcend time and distance, renewing our gratitude for the resilience of memory, the bonds of family, and the kindness of strangers.
About the Author
ANDREW BECKHAM is a photographer from Denver and Chairman of the Visual Arts Department at St. Mary's Academy in nearby Englewood. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, MacArthur Foundation, Museum of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University, Portland Art Museum in Oregon, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others, and his artist's books are in the special collections of the University of Denver's Penrose Library and the University of Colorado's Norlin Library. A Fulbright Fellow in Photography, Beckham has also been an invited artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Art Center, Center for the Study of Place, and Rocky Mountain National Park. His first book, "The Lost Christmas Gift", was published to widespread critical acclaim by Princeton Architectural Press in 2012.
"A new take on an ancient story." -- Denver Post
"In The Lost Christmas Gift, Andrew Beckham brings us a wondrous, eerily timeless story about love, survival, war, ceremony, family, and magic. He delivers us to the realm of the marvelous." -- Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men
"I was deeply touched by a most extraordinary new work that is destined to become a yuletide classic. The Lost Christmas Gift, sensitively written by Andrew Beckham, is a book within a book. It is the remarkable story of a superbly handcrafted tome sent to a boy by his mapmaker dad deployed to Europe during World War II. The parcel, however, gets lost in the mail. Seven decades later, it arrives -- to the stupendous joy of the recipient. Like me, you will marvel at this tale. And perhaps have a tear in your eye by book's end." -- San Jose Mercury News