DALÍ, Salvador. Les Chants de Maldoror. By Comte de Lautréamont, (Isidore Ducasse). 208,  pp. Illustrated with 42 original etchings by Dalí, of which 30 are full page hors-texte plates, printed by Lacourière. Folio, 318 x 243 mm, bound in full dark blue morocco by Devauchelle, preserved in a matching slipcase. Paris: Albert Skira Editeur, 1934.
A fine copy of Dalí's masterpiece as a book-illustrator, and one of the major monuments of twentieth-century book-illustration.
It was Picasso who suggested that Dalí should illustrate the book, which was one of the key texts that inspired the Surrealists. Encouraged by Skira, Dalí began his preliminary sketches in 1932, and it took two years until the work was completed. Although the edition was announced as 210 copies, probably only half of them were ever issued. "Dalí's first original book illustrations on a large scale" (The Artist and the Book). "...The images are from the artist's most intense and inventive period, making this his major contribution to the modern artist's book." (Riva Castleman). From the edition limited to 210 copies signed by Dali.
The Artist and the Book 67. From Manet to Hockney 99. A Century of Artists Books 94. Michler-Löpsinger 11 - 54. Field 34-2.
Item nr. 163281