HOCKNEY, David. Hockney’s Alphabet. Drawings by David Hockney. [SIGNED LIMITED EDITION] Written contributions edited by Stephen Spender. With 26 colour drawings, one for each letter of the alphabet by David Hockney.
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London: Faber and Faber for the Aids Crisis Trust, 1991. First edition. Folio. Original yellow buckram, titles to spine in blue and gilt. Housed in the publisher’s grey cloth slipcase. This signed limited edition is printed on Exhibition Fine Art Cartridge and signed by Hockney and Spender. The book was issued in a trade edition, and two limited editions - the present edition (limitation number not stated) and a deluxe limited edition of 300 copies bound in quarter vellum. A fine copy in grey cloth slipcase.
Twenty-six original drawings by Hockney, each one with a commissioned story or poem by an illustrious lineup of authors and poets, including: Seamus Heaney, Douglas Adams, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Patrick Leigh Fermor, William Golding, David Hockney, Kazuo Ishiguro, Erica Jong, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Ian McEwan, Arthur Miller, Iris Murdoch, Nigel Nicolsen, 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. It 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. Writers who contributed include several Faber authors such as William Golding, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, and Kazuo Ishiguro, as well as Ian McEwan, Iris Murdoch, and Gore Vidal; Norman Mailer declined, 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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