1975 · London
An important association copy:
This copy was given by Bacon to Erica (Erika) Haarman Spender. Erica Spender was the widow of Michael Spender (1906-1945) and sister-in-law of the poet Stephen Spender. Stephen Spender was a prominent figure in Francis Bacon's circle and Erica Spender was first introduced to Francis Bacon by him.
Erica Spender later joined Marlborough Fine Art, in London, to run its the Antiquarian Book Department. At that time Francis Bacon was represented by Marlborough Fine Art and it was during this period that Erica Spender became Bacon's friend, sharing a commonality of cultural, artistic and philosophical interests. Bacon was represented by Marlborough Fine Art from 1958 until his death in 1992. The relationship was greatly beneficial to Bacon, as Marlborough worked closely with the artist to successfully enhance his international reputation.
Complete with 94 black-and-white illustrations. London: Thames and Hudson, 1975. Quarto (8x11 in; 20.5x27.5 cm), original pictorial stiff covers. A few tiny creases to cover, a hint of toning to rear panel (as often); generally a fine copy. RARE SIGNED. (Inventory #: 2446)