Catalog of Twenty 5 color aquatints by the British pop artist that were inspired by Wallace Stevens poem "The Man With The Blue Guitar. " Includes the poem. Beautifully printed and presented. A pristine copy. Fine/fine.
Signed by Artist NF in VG DJ with some rubbing to edges and corners and mild to moderate toning and/or finger smudging; one sm. scar on front DJ cover and a couple more to front inner flap over price and at top; Hockney has signed below his name on title page in blue and red pen drawing a single strike through his last name with red pen.
Fine in fine dust jacket. (HOCKNEY, DAVID). Hockney, David & Wallace Stevens. THE BLUE GUITAR: ETCHINGS BY DAVID HOCKNEY WHO WAS INSPIRED BY WALLACE STEVENS WHO WAS INSPIRED BY PABLO PICASSO-A SPECTACULAR ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE ARTIST TO R.B. KITAJ. Signed Presentation Copy from the Artist. London: Petersburg Press, 1977. First Edition. Small Square 4to. Boards in Illustrated Jacket. Publisher's Prospectus. Fine/Near Fine. 52pp, 20 color illustrations. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. This lovely hardbound book was published as a miniature facsimile cum publisher's prospectus for Petersburg Press' 1977 portfolio "The Blue Guitar" illustrated with twenty original color etchings by David Hockney that accompany Wallace Stevens' poem "The Man With the Blue Guitar" after Pablo Picasso's 1903 work "The Old Guitarist". While there are no original prints in this version, it is an exquisitely produced gem. A most handsome example in dust jacket additionally bearing the BOLDLY SIGNED PRESENTATION "For Ron. ---------/ David H. / XX" in brown ink on the title page. Ronald Brooks "R.B." Kitaj was the American-born, London-based artist who was Hockney's Royal Academy of Art classmate, longtime friend, and colleague in the informal, Kitaj-coined "School of London" group of figurative artists. This volume was purchased by us directly from Mr. Kitaj in the month preceding his 2007 passing. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value-we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. 0-902825-03-8 Inventory Number: 024672.
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