The book depicts bawdy but unhappy lovers: Chopin and George Sand, Bluebeard and Fatima, Othello and Desdemona ("The Moor of Venic pulled a boner, / When he throttled Desdemona"), Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh, and a young man "… beguiled / When he was a little child / By the author Oscar Wilde". The text is filled with misspellings and mistakes corrected in Warhol's hand ("Bluebread" for "Bluebeard," for example). Ward's rhymes are uneven and Warhol's script is a scrawl. "Rarely have authors and illustrators intentionally and knowingly produced books with such 'mistakes,' or indeed turned them into a style" (Reading Warhol).
The present copy is comprised of loose sheets, but it is believed that at least half of the approximately 100 copies were stapled. Many copies were issued with a plain wax paper cover with a small typed label (not present in this copy).
A VERY GOOD COPY OF LOVE IS A PINK CAKE, ANDY WARHOL'S DEBUT AS A BOOK ILLUSTRATOR.
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