New York: Harmony Books, 1987. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's blue cloth, spine stamped in silver, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Monograph on the poster art by British pop artist David Hockney, drawn from a nearly definitive private collection, illustrated with over 100 color plates. In addition to designing numerous posters for his gallery and museum exhibitions, Hockney, an avid lover of theater and music, produced posters for performances and festivals from the 1960 through the 80s, including for the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Spoleto Festival and the Royal Court Theatre, among others. The posters presented here, exhibited in the UK, US and Japan, were brought together by collector Brian Baggott, an airline worker of limited means who painstakingly put together what was considered at the time the definitive collection of Hockney's work in this medium. Baggott went on to sell the collection at auction in 1999 for almost £100,000. With a preface by Baggott, an introduction by art historian Eric Shanes, and a thumbnail catalogue raisonné of the complete collection. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Ink gift inscription to front endpaper. Light shelfwear to boards; price-clipped dust jacket with light edgewear and sticker residue to front flap. Very good. Item #2858