Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts



(Hockney, David) illus. FOURTEEN POEMS BY C.P. CAVAFY. S.47-59. Editions Electo, London, 1966. Folio (19 x 13 /14 inches, 484 x 385 mm.), cloth, slipcase, text and twelve etchings. One of 250 copies from "Edition B," signed and numbered on the Justification page (Edition A, numbered 1-250/500; Edition B, numbered 251-500/500, this copy numbered 316/500. Fine throughout, with no signs of wear and no defects. Many copies from Editions A and B have been broken and the plates sold separately, so that despite the relatively large size of the publication, complete copies are becoming scarce. The total edition comprises "Edition A," 250 copies, numbered 1-250 plus 50 Artist's Proofs, all signed, with a signed etching laid into each of the 250 copies, but not into the Artist's Proofs, "Edition B," 250 copies, like Edition A, but without the laid-in etching, numbered 251-500, "Edition C," 50 sets of the etchings loose in portfolio numbered 1-50 of 75, each etching signed, "Edition D," 25 sets, plus 15 Artist's Proofs, 12 unsigned etchings and textd, numbered 51 to 75 of 75 and signed by Hockney on the back of the portfolio, "Edition E," 25 sets, plus 5 artist's proofs, comprising text, 12 unsigned etchings, and one signed etching, loose in portfolio, numbered I to XXV, and signed by Hockney. Each etching in each edition is stamped on its reverse with the edition of which it is a part. The total size of the edition, including the Artist's Proofs, is, therefore, 600. "David Hockney first discovered the Greek poet C.P.Cavafy while a student at the Royal Colege of Art in the early nineteen sixties. In 1961 he produced two etchings (Kaisarion with all his Beauty; Mirror, Mirror on the Wall) and a painting (A Grand Procession of Dignitaries in the Semi-Egyptian Style ) inspired by Cavafy's poems. So when Paul Cornwall-Jones of Editions Alecto asked him to make a series of etchings relating to Cavafy in 1966 he agreed without hesitation. "The poems Hockney chose all related to Alexandria in Egypt with its barely concealed flavour of homosexual love, but Alexandria had become too spoilt since the poems were written in the nineteen twenties and so he travelled to Beirut for two weeks in order to make careful pen and ink drawings of the daily life of the city. On his return he created the etchings which vividly demonstrated his new fascination with observed reality after th 

Inv num: 13252