Sevilla: John Fulton Short, 1964. First Edition Limited Scribers' Edition #11 of 79 copies SIGNED by the author. SIGNED by Short with an original drawing of a bull and personal inscription from Short to the original subscriber; along with a TLS laid in. Folio. 41 pp. 4 color plates in rear pocket. Photographic reproductions of bull fighting; illustrations. Translation of the Llanto and comments on the poem by Roy Campbell. Black cloth with gilt illustration on front cover; in publisher's printed white slipcase. Minor wear to the slipcase else a fine copy. Item #21327
Includes Profile of the Matador by Jose Maria de Cossio; Appointment with Death by Robert Vavra; a Fragment of the original manuscript of the 'Llanto'; Biographical Note - Federico Garcia Lorca by Roy Campbell; Translation of the 'Llanto' and Comments on the Poem by Roy Campbell; The Poem and the Paintings by John Fulton Short; and the Symbolism in the Paintings. John Fulton Short, (1933-1998), an American bullfighter and painter, was one of only two Americans (the other was Sidney Franklin) to receive the alternativa (the ceremony in which a novice becomes a full matador) in Madrid, the centre of the bullfighting world. When he was a boy growing up in Philadelphia, Fulton was inspired by the excitement of bullfighting in the the film 'Blood and Sand' (1941) starring Rita Hayworth and Tyrone Power and resolved to become a torreo. After his release from the army in 1956, Fulton went to Spain, where he met the great Juan Belmonte, who tutored him. At the age of 60, he fought his last corrida in San Miguel de Allende and retired to become a successful painter. Many of his popular works in private and public galleries were painted with a single pigment: the blood of the bulls he had killed in the ring. He did this, in his words, to emulate the “primitive matador-painters who had to limit themselves to natural media taken from the very animals they killed.” wiki.