Salvador Dali - Don Quichotte de la Mancha, Book A – 1957

Salvador Dali
Spanish (1904 – 1989)

Don Quichotte de la Mancha, Book A – 1957

Book A: The following information is provided for information purposes. The book is sold. According to Field and Lopsinger, this edition of Don Quichotte de la Mancha was published with 6 (Field) or 8 (Lopsinger) original watercolors, text and lithographs on parchment, a suite on Japon nacre with watercolored remarques, a suite on Japon imperial, a suite on Rives, and a set of color decompositions of the lithographs. The sheets have full margins, loose as issued with a size of 16 1/8 x 13 in for 9 single sheet prints and 25 3/8 x 16″ for 3 double page works. The title page, justification page and text are all on parchment and contained in a book with a red case. The lithographs and decompositions are contained in two separate cases with blue covers. In the A book of Don Quichotte de la Mancha, the double page lithographs are not folded. Both the lithographs on parchment and those with remarques are signed in the stone and also signed in pencil by Dali. The chapter pages have gold lettering. Also included is the separate book “Histoire d’un Grande Livre” which details creation of the project. Book A is sold.

Note that while this book is incomplete, there are some unique features to what remains that make this an exceptional portfolio. The text on parchment contains title and chapter pages with gold lettering. The lithographs on parchment are very clean with very good contrast. In addition, each lithograph is signed. The set on parchment is complete and is in very good condition. The lithographs on Japon nacre have remarques and each lithograph is signed. The sets of decompositions are on Rives and are in very good condition. The justification page is different from the justification pages found on all of the other books from this set. It indicates that book A originally contained only 1 original drawing, not the numbers indicated by the above references.