Salvador Dali - Biblia Sacra


Salvador Dali

Spanish (1904 – 1989)

Salvador Dali Biblia Sacra – 1969

The Salvador Dali Biblia Sacra was published in 1969 by Rizzoli of Rome. Commissioned by his friend and publisher, Dr. Guiseppe Albareto, Salvador Dali created 105 paintings based on select passages from the Latin Vulgate Bible. Albaretto himself was a devout Catholic and in reality his intention in commissioning Dali for this massive undertaking was to bring the artist back to his religious roots. Completed in 1964, the project resulted in 105 images representing the artist’s interpretations of verses and event from the Holy Manuscripts.

The religious theme in this book is typical of Dali.  The color and content are also typical.  The book contains 105 lithographs from original gouaches.  This is an illustrated book of the Bible.  To begin with the text is in Vulgate.  The book contains 5 volumes. Furthermore, the lithographs are on a heavy paper.   Additionally, they are signed in the block.  Above all, Dali did not sign the lithographs or books. Notably, the pages of text have the Dali signature as a watermark inside a circle.  Lastly, the paper size is 19 x 13 3/4.”  Furthermore, the printing extends to the margin of the paper.

Tirage

The total tirage for the book is 1798 plus proofs. The edition consists of 1499 of the regular edition (Luxus, luxury).  There are 199 of the Magni Luxus edition (great luxury).  Additionally, there are 99 of the Ad Personam (personal) edition.  This edition contains an original gouache.  Field designates the book as 69-3.  Lopsinger designates the book as 1100 – 1105.  Above all, Field notes that if you examine the original paintings and lithographs side by side, the only way to distinguish between the two is the paint on the originals.

Sold Books

The Salvador Dali Biblia Sacra Magni Luxus edition set includes the original prospectus (glossy, several pages in Italian.  There is also an additional plate (#18).  Furthermore, the book includes a certificate of authenticity.   The publisher signed and numbered the COA.  The pages are uncut.  The case is green.  The book has gilt paneled spines with raised bands.   There are floral designs of inlaid morocco.  They come in various colors.  They have inner gilt dentelles.   Also, the slipcases are covered with watered silk with morocco ends. There is fading and minor wear to the spines.  This fading is typical.  Also, the slipcases have minor fading.  Finally, this book is below.  Accordingly, this book is Sold!!!

Available Books

The “Luxus” edition with text and 105 lithographs is available.  It is a complete 5 volume set of the regular book . Accordingly, the edition number is 974.  Above all it comes in 4 out of 5 original shipping boxes and the book cases. The art work and text are in mint condition. The five volume set is shown below.  The set is Available.

We also have a complete 5 volume set of the Salvador Dali Biblia Sacra personal edition with text and 105 lithographs. However, it does not have the gouache. So then, the edition number is marked ad personal.   It comes with a certificate of authenticity from the publisher. The portfolio cases have some minor rubbing and fading. However, the case, art work and text are in mint condition.  To summarize, this set is Available.

Available for sale are:

1) The complete set of books of 105 Biblia Sacra heliogravures and one etching complete with case, text and title page is Available.

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Biblia Sacra Lithographs


The 105 lithographs from the Biblia Sacra 5 volumes