Hockney's Alphabet.London, Faber and Faber for the AIDS Crisis Trust, 1991 Stock Code: 134073
NotesFirst edition, signed limited issue, specially bound in yellow buckram and signed by Hockney and Spender in blue and red ink respectively. This work was a collaborative effort created to raise money for the AIDS Crisis Trust. Spender invited several British and American writers to contribute with texts that could accompany Hockney's specially drawn alphabet. The written contributions are by Douglas Adams, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Patrick Leigh Fermor, William Golding, Seamus Heaney, David Hockney, Kazuo Ishiguro, Erica Jong, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Ian McEwan, Arthur Miller, Iris Murdoch, Nigel Nicolson, John Julius Norwich, Joyce Carol Oates, V. S. Pritchett, Craig Raine, Susan Sontag, Stephen Spender, John Updike, Anthony Burgess, Ted Hughes, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, and T. S. Eliot. Norman Mailer declined his invitation, but his "letter refusing seemed such a good model for Polite Rejection" that it was nonetheless published as his contribution (Preface).
Folio. Original yellow buckram, spine lettered in gilt on a dark blue background, cream endpapers. Housed in the original light grey cloth slipcase.
With 26 colour drawings, one for each letter of the alphabet, by David Hockney.
A fine copy.
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