SPENDER, Humphrey

Morocco: A desert adventure

Published: Fox Ash Press

Date: 2004

Limited edition; 4to; original boards. Edition of 300 this is one of 20 containing a modern archival photographic print of Humphrey Sender's self portrait, hand-printed on fibre-based paper from the original 1934 negative and signed by Spender, plus a slip case. David Jury, who established the Fox Ash Press in 1998, was engaged to photograph the entire contents of Spender's studio in 1997, and discovered in a draw, a large paper envelope with the words Moroccan Diary scrawled across it. It was found to contain a type written diary. The original hand written diary was also soon discovered. Jury found the diary to be a 'blunt, unreserved and compelling description of an alien world by a young, privileged, upper-middle class Englishman'. Spender had travelled to Morocco in the 1930s and he found his attempts to survive and assimilate the experience something of a challenge. Spender made the typed version on his return to England and it includes edits and revisions as he had the idea of trying to get it published. In this book both versions of the texts have been arranged side by side to allow comparison. 80 pages 32 black and white photographs by Spender, tipped in. Original prospectus. Fine in slip case.



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