Saturday, October 8, 2011

Les Caprices de Goya de Salvador Dali--Exhibition Catalog, Paris, 1977.

Les Caprices de Goya de Salvador Dali
Exhibition Catalog
Paris, 1977

This catalog was produced around the time of the first exhibition of the Dali original intaglio print suite titled Les Caprices de Goya (1977) at the Goya Museum in Castres, France.

All 80 original etchings are reproduced in this catalog, along with comments on each image by Luis Romero, translated to French from Spanish by Joelle Guyot and Robert Marrast.

All reproductions are in color and are printed individually per page.  They are done well.  I don't speak French, so I can't comment on the content of the comments for each image.

There is something odd about my copy of this catalog.  In two places, it appears that a previous owner removed something.

On the spine, just before "Paris 1977" it appears that someone cut out a small square from the surface of the paper.  I wonder what, if anything, was printed there.  Perhaps it was just a price tag?

On the inside title page at the very bottom, someone erased or rubbed out whatever was printed there.  The printing is only slightly visible, but I have no idea what it said.

It also seems that the surface paper has been rubbed from the very top of the front cover just above the lithograph. 

Perhaps someone out there with a copy of this catalog can clarify what was removed from these places on my catalog.

I have not seen another of these catalogs for sale, so it seems relatively rare as far as exhibition catalogs go.  I estimate the value of this book to be about $40.


Anonymous said...

The missing word on the spine is 'Berggruen' It is a mystery why anybody should wish to remove it as it is part of the design. regards, Ron (Belfast, UK)

Marco said...

I have a copy as well. Ron forgot to mention that on the title page, what was removed is as follows:

Berggruen & Cie
Telephone: 22202-12 - Cables: Bergart Paris

Very strange that someone tried to eliminate the publisher and information! Bought my copy for $30 about 10 years ago. Hope this helps. Marco, Ontario Canada