The Death of Hektor. First edition. Signed. S. W. Hayter, Brian Coffey, artist-, poet -.

The Death of Hektor. First edition. Signed.

Guildford, England: Circle Press, 1979. Folio. 38 x 29 cm. A collaboration between artist and poet with first edition verse and nine separate signed engravings (three in colour) with letter-press text in 18 pt Garamond. 300 signed copies, 50 proofs - six unbound 4 pp sections - 40 x 32 cm on rag-made paper in black cloth folder and canvas slip-case, prints produced by Jack Shirreff at 107 Workshop.

Ref: Black & Moorhead 401-09; Cont. Artist's 389-390

In the artist's book Death of Hektor, Hayter and Irish poet Brian Coffey (1905-1995) dramatically reinterpret Homer's epic tale from The Iliad. Rather than embrace the traditional view of Achilles as the embodiment of honor, glory, and fame, Coffey and Hayter portray the Greek hero-warrior as a violent and vengeful soldier--his mindless and brutal actions during and after the murder of the Trojan prince Hektor belying his tragic hero status. In this, they challenge the glorification of the culture of war--violence, destruction, and death--elevating the importance of a morally-conscious Hektor, while stressing Homer's deep insight into the human condition. Item #16-3537

Price: $3,750.00

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