Drawings by David Hockney & Written contributions edited by Stephen Spender.
London. Faber and Faber for the Aids Crisis Trust. 1991. First edition. Special edition signed by Hockney and Spender, printed on Exhibition Fine Art Cartridge paper and specially bound in library buckram. Bound in bright yellow library buckram, navy panel to spine with title in gilt, grey buckram slipcase. Unpaginated [c.120 pages]. 27 colour plates reproducing drawings by David Hockney. 345 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). 1.5kg. 0571165443. English. Fine, with near fine slipcase; a few very small marks to rear board of slipcase.
A signed edition of Hockney and Spender's joint publishing project, aimed at raising money for people living with Aids. Hockney provided a drawing for all 26 letters of the alphabet and an ampersand. These were sent to an international stellar cast of writers who were asked to respond to the letters with a short essay or poem. The contributors read like a Who's Who of late-20th century authors - Ian McEwan, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Hughes, Irish Murdoch, Margaret Drabble, Kazuo Ishiguro, Julian Barnes, Gore Vidal, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, to name a few.