Bernard Berenson (in Settignano) to Yashiro

Settignano. Oct. 2. 57

My dear Yashiro, 

I am deeply distressed to know that you were still in hospital, and feeling so weak and ill. It is heartrending. All my sympathy with you and your beloved wife! Nor am I a sample of health. Only at 92 I have no right to complain, while you comparatively are still so young. We are sending off Fosco Maraini’s book on Japan. It is rather encyclopedic and rag-baggy, but contains wonderfully interesting personal material as well. I am sure it will interest you.

Delighted with the prospect of seeing myself in Japanese translation. If a success in Japan, other things that might interest your public, for instance my Sketch for a Self-Portrait, and my little books on Piero della Francesca and Caravaggio. 

Ever affectionately and devotedly…and your wife,