A portfolio of etchings illustrating Cavafy’s poetry in a new translation by Nikos Stangos and Stephen Spender. Published by Editions Alecto in 1967 as both a limited-edition book and six loose-leaf portfolio editions. Plate 13 Portrait of Cavafy II, based on a drawing made in Beirut, was only available with certain editions. Only four of the illustrations are actually set against a Middle Eastern backdrop, for in order to capture the mood and inherent sensuality of the poetry, Hockney had decided to use his own experiences and, for the most part, the illustrations are based on intimate drawings of his friend in London.