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HOCKNEY, David; Stephen Spender (ed.)

Hockney's Alphabet.

London: Faber and Faber for the AIDS Crisis Trust, 1991 Stock Code: 145377
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First edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 241 of 300 copies bound in quarter vellum and signed by the editor, artist, and 22 of the 27 contributors: Doris Lessing, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, William Golding, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Nigel Nicolson, Seamus Heaney, Douglas Adams, Julian Barnes, Craig Raine, Kazuo Ishiguro, Iris Murdoch, V. S. Pritchett, Erica Jong, Arthur Miller, John Julius Norwich, Susan Sontag, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Norman Mailer, and Ian McEwan. The contributors who did not sign were Anthony Burgess, Ted Hughes, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, and T. S. Eliot. 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. 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).

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Folio. Original vellum backed blue boards, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt. Housed in the original blue slipcase.


With 26 colour drawings, one for each letter of the alphabet, by David Hockney.


A fine copy in the fine original slipcase.


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