Salvador Dali - Divine Comedy


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Salvador Dali Divine Comedy – 1963

Salvador Dali – Spain (1904 – 1989)

Salvador Dali Divine Comedy is a poem by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321).  Between 1951 and 1960, Dali creates 101 watercolor drawings interpreting the book. These drawings are then reproduced using a wood engraving technique. With this technique, wood engravers carve 3500 blocks for the prints that make up the book. This results in 100 woodblocks in the French edition.  Two different editors publish the French edition.  Therefore there are 4765 books in French and 3188 in Italian.  Later, in 1974, a German edition with a stated size of 1000 is published.

In each volume there is a title page, a table of contents, and justification page.   These are contained in a cardboard slip case with matching inner boards. Each woodblock from the Salvador Dali Divine Comedy is part of a Canto or book chapter.   A Canto is about 8 pages long.  The size of each sheet is about 13″ x 10 1/3″ with an image size of 7 1/4″ x 9 1/2″.  For more about the various Salvador Dali Divine Comedy books, click on this link Salvador Dali Divine Comedy Books.

I purchase only entire sets of the Salvador Dali Divine Comedy.  When the book covers are in poor condition, I split up the set and sell the individual illustrations. The illustrations may be unsigned or signed in the plate. Whether a woodblock is unsigned vs. plate signed is random, and varies between books. Pricing for unsigned woodblocks starts at $60.00, while those signed in the plate at $200.00. Each illustration of the Salvador Dali Divine Comedy comes with a certificate of authenticity for the entire set. When you purchase, I include the the entire Canto (text, cover page, and illustration, as available). The availability of unsigned and plate signed illustrations changes regularly.  Therefore please request availability and condition reports for the works you are interested in. To view framing options, click on this link Framing Options.

The German Edition:  The German edition of the Divine Comedy is different in that all of the woodblock are block signed. Additionally, the set contains no text, just the woodblock prints mounted to an Arches backing paper.  and covered with another piece of Arches paper with a cutout for the woodblock image. For more information about the German edition of the Dali Divine Comedy, click on this link German Salvador Dali Divine Comedy.

If you are interested in a complete set of the Salvador Dali Divine Comedy, I several are available. Click on this link Salvador Dali Divine Comedy Books for more information.  Decompositions are available with some of the sets.   Click on  Salvador Dali Divine Comedy Decompositions for more information.

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