A record of a trip taken by David Hockney, Stephen Spender, and their friend Gregory Evans, this 1982 book published by Thames and Hudson is best described by one of its creators as “a bit bitty – like life – patched up in some way, as if made by three schoolboys on a tour of a continent for the first time.” It is nevertheless a very well made book, both in the masterful writing of Stephen Spender and in the creative 158 reproductions of illustrations painted, drawn, or photographed by David Hockney (and, in the case of three photographs each, by Spender or Evans). This copy is one of 1000 signed by Hockney and Spender. In a red cloth publisher’s binding, complete in its original white cardboard box.

Included in this edition is an original five-colour hand-drawn lithograph printed by Petersburg Studios in New York on Somerset satin-finish mould-made rag paper depicting Red Square and the Forbidden City. It unfolds into four panels each of which is 9-11/16 by 7-1/8 inches. This copy of the lithograph is number 107 of 1105 impressions signed and numbered by the artist.

 

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