New Arrival

Inscribed by Spender to his friends the Fairchilds

A Garland for Stephen Spender. Arranged by Barry Humphries.

Edinburgh: The Tragara Press, 1991.

Price: $300.00


About the item

No 9 of 150 copies, printed on "Character" laid paper. Title illustration by John Craxton, plate by Ghika, portrait by Matthew Spender, colophon by Maro Gorky. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed by Spender to his friends the Fairchilds. Original green wrappers with portrait by David Hockney on the upper cover. Very good, slight sunfading to top of front cover, spine, and rear cover. Anderson 144; Halliwell A144.

Item #367673

This copy inscribed by Spender on the half-title to Jill and John Fairchild "with love" in the year of publication. John Fairchild was the editor of Womens Wear Daily and founded W magazine, and his wife Jill was a writer, photographer, and documentarian, and their social influence was vast. The Spenders were friendy with the Fairchilds, as they lived down the road from each other in Provence. Barry Humphries’ wife was Lizzie Spender (daughter of the poet).

Includes contributions by Iris Murdoch, Roy Fuller, Ted Hughes, Joseph Brodsky, David Plante and numerous others.