China Diary – with folding five-colour lithograph ‘Red Square and the Forbidden City’, signed in pencil by David Hockney - David Hockney, Stephen Spender 1982 - Thames and Hudson Ltd., London - First Edition – Number 485 of 1000 limited signed copies A fine copy of this limited edition, signed by both David Hockney and Stephen Spender, and featuring Hockney’s folding five-colour lithograph, ‘Red Square and the Forbidden City’, signed by the artist in pencil, as well as 158 watercolours, drawings and photographs, 84 in colour, throughout the book.

Hockney and Spender’s engaging account of their 2,400-mile, seven-city journey from Peking to Canton. The pair, accompanied by Hockney’s assistant Gregory Evans, describe their visits to such historic sites as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as their brief sojourns at Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel.
  Born in 1937, David Hockney is an English painter, designer, and photographer, an important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and one of Britain’s most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Stephen Spender (1909-1995) was an English poet, novelist, and essayist whose work often centred on the themes of social injustice and class struggle.

References: David Hockney
Royal Academy of Arts web. Vogel, ‘Hockney’s Wide Vistas’ The New York Times 2012. Sutherland, Stephen Spender: A Literary Life 2005. ‘Review: China Diary’ People 1983.
pp. 200.
  Condition: Fine, in very good original slipcase, mildly soiled and lightly bumped at corners   Ref: 106385   Price: HK$ 17,000