Wow, yet another publication featuring some of Dali's illustrations of the Divine Comedy.
This book is 13" tall by 9" wide, 240 pages, quarter bound in leather with moire silk sides, and comes in an attractive slip case decorated with a Dali illustration. It looks really classy among all of my older OOP Dali books!
This item is still available from the Folio Society, and if you're a member, it'll cost you $160 plus shipping. If you're not a member, you are obliged to buy a few books to secure your membership, making this book worth upwards of $200 considering the extra purchases necessary to obtain it.
Or, you can be lucky and snatch one up in an online auction for about $120. Not too many out there on the secondary market, so keep your eyes peeled. Also, be on the lookout for stated second editions.
As You Like It
This printing comes in a marbled slip case with a green cover. The cover has an alternating black and gold feather design. Features 8 full-page color Dali illustrations (6 costume, 2 scenery).
I have seen the scenery designs elsewhere, but the costume designs are likely only to be found in this publication. These costumes are pretty funky, and the colors really make them pop out of the page.
Later printings of this book may have a white cover (Fourth Printing?).
Any of the printings of this book tend to be extremely rare and one can expect to pay more than $100 for a nice, complete copy of this book.
The very first of four hardcover Sandoz books illustrated by Dali. Perhaps that is why it is about the hardest one to find.
This book has the most illustrations of the Sandoz/Dali series with 24 full page black and white illustrations. Add that to the whopper of a cover and you've got one fine collectibe OOP book.
Because of the rarity of this book, it is so tempting to post all of the illustrations here. However, I wouldn't want to spoil your fun of tracking down a copy of this book to reveal these images to yourself.
So, here's just a sampling of some of my favorite illustrations from this book.
by Maurice Sandoz (Doubleday, 1946).
A fantastic dust jacket illustrated by Dali rounds out what is a fantastic and unique book in many respects.
For example, the front hardcover has a maze impression actually etched into its surface. The connection to the title is obvious.
There are 13 full-page black and white Dali illustrations throughout this book. In my opinion, these are some of the most original and unique illustrations Dali has done for any book.
The House Without Windows: A Novel
One of four hardcover Sandoz books illustrated by Dali.
This hardcover book features a dust jacket illustrated by Dali, and seven beautifully colorful full-page illustrations inside.
The cover under the dust jacket is light blue.
This book is extremely rare, so if you find one in good condition and for a good price, snatch it up. You can expect to pay up to about $120 or more for a nice copy of this book with the dust jacket.
On The Verge
by Maurice Sandoz (Doubleday, 1950).
One of four hardcover Sandoz books illustrated by Dali.
This book features six full-page black and white illustrations by Dali. You won’t find these illustrations anywhere else, so this book is a valuable collectible.
A very rare book, you can expect to pay about $75 to more than $100 depending on the quality of the book and whether or not it has the original dust jacket.
If you can’t find it with the dust jacket, don’t sweat it because the cover artwork is reproduced on the title page as the only color art in the book. The cloth hardcover is colored salmon.
Speak of the Devil (dust jacket by Dalí)
This book features a dust jacket design by Dalí. It’s a nice one! Unfortunately, there are no illustrations inside.
If buying this on the internet, make sure you are getting the Dalí dust jacket with it, which is quite rare thus making it difficult to obtain.
You can expect to pay about $10 for this book with the dust jacket if you’re lucky, but you can pay as much as
Illustrated by Salvador Dali;
This large, heavy book is just under 12″ tall by 3″ thick, and is filled with 32 full-page color illustrations by Dalí. This number represents less than a third of the 105 lithographs in the “Biblia Sacra” suite. However, this enormous illustrated book is sure to be a prize to even an atheist.
Features two silk ribbon page markers, leather cover, marble decorated pastedowns and endpapers, and gold gilt page edges. Originally issued in a coffin box for protection, and can be found in red, white, and black covers.
The red cover seems to be the most common and the black and white covers are of about equal rarity.
A pretty common book, but demand remains fairly high, so you will pay at least $100 for a nice copy. I have seen copies sell for upwards of $200.
Salvador Dali: Bilder Zur Bibel (Images for the Bible)
This book has a purple hard cover with the title in gold letters. This is covered by an illustrated paper dust jacket. Finally, there is a clear plastic dust jacket with the title of the book printed in gold on it.
Inside, there are 40 full-page color illustrations done by Dali for the Biblia Sacra suite. 32 of these illustrations are found in the Jerusalem Bible, with eight additional illustrations included here. The eight additional illustrations are pictured below.
Accompanying each image is a one or two page text, likely passages from the Bible or a discussion of the images' relation to the Bible. It's in German, so I'm not really sure.
This book seems to be rather uncommon, especially here in the US. The average price seems to be about $80 for a fine copy.
Essays of Michel de Montaigne
A great book of Dali art with some fantastically readable essays taboot. You won’t find these Dali illustrations anywhere else, so this book is a must-have for any Dali aficionado.
Features a green cover with gold design and no dust jacket. Make sure you buy the “Literary Guild” version.
Easy-to-find, expect to pay from $15-$30. Don’t pay more than that.
Edited by Gerald Goode; published: 1939.
I’m only interested in the color Dalí illustrations, of which there are two. These are common images which are available in the tome “Dalí: The Paintings.” This book does have art by other notable artists like Picasso, Matisse, and de Chirico. If you really want this book, you can get it for about $15.
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
illustrated by Salvador Dali (1948).
All you need to know is that the illustrations in this book are fantastic and are a must-have for any fan of Dali’s art. You won’t find these works compiled anywhere else.
If you have a nice copy of this book, it is a gem in your collection. The cover is a deep red cloth hard cover with a gold illustration on the cover. Inside are numerous color and black and white illustrations. Several are pictured below.
This book is fairly common, and you can pay from $25 to $75, with an average price somewhere in between, depending on the quality. Make sure you get the “Literary Guild” version.