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WARHOL, Andy.

The philosophy of Andy Warhol. (From A to B and back again). (Signed presentation copy for Stephen Spender, with a drawing by Warhol of a Campbell’s Soup can)

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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975. First edition. Octavo, boards in dust jacket (light edge wear), pp 241; a fine copy; the half-title is signed and inscribed by Warhol to Stephen Spender, enhanced by an original pen drawing by the artist of a Campbell’s Tomato Soup can, his most iconic image, dated London 1976.

The famous English poet Stephen Spender was perhaps an unlikely recipient for this embellished work by Andy Warhol. Spender had been critical of Warhol’s work in the 1960s, and Warhol recalled an evening spent with Spender and Isherwood where he took their photograph:

‘I took this picture of Stephen Spender and Christopher Isherwood when I was over in England a while ago. Baron Rothschild took us up to Spender’s house for dinner. I think that’s a bottle of Rothschild wine Spender is holding. I think Isherwood was mad at us for taking pictures. I guess it was when I was a little fresher— I took pictures without even asking. I ask more now. or I don’t even do it. It was a really intellectual evening. I don’t think they liked us.’ https://www.theparisreview.org/art-photography/2930/a-warhol-portrait-gallery-andy-warhol