by Albert Field.
If the print is not in this catalog, then it's generally assumed to not be authentic.
I am glad I bought this book years ago, because when I was finally ready to transition my Dali art appreciation into the realm of Dali art collecting, this book was there to safely guide me.
The book is quite rare, and commands a premium wherever it turns up. The original price on the dust jacket is $285. At auction, you can expect to pay as much as $200-$250. Elsewhere in cyberspace, you can pick up a copy for upwards of $300.
Deluxe Limited Edition of 300
- The dust jacket carries the same ISBN as the Standard Edition, but a small sticker on the rear inside flap distinguishes the Deluxe Edition ($360 price tag vs. $285 for the Standard Edition);
- The Deluxe Edition cover is brown (leather?);
- Most notably, the Deluxe Edition is signed by author Albert Field on the front title page.
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It is not clear whether all Deluxe Editions have a personal inscription, but it is likely that they are all signed by Albert Field.
The Deluxe Edition is the rarest version of this already rare book and is likely worth a bit more than the Standard Edition. I have never seen another available, and I would estimate the value at more than $400.
Dali: The Work, The Man
This is easily the largest Dali book in my collection. Check out the stats:
- 14.5" tall;
- 10.5" wide;
- 2" thick;
- 9 pounds;
- 455 pages;
- more than 1,110 illustrations,
- 672 in full-color.
The book is organized into 12 chronological time periods of Dali's life. Primarily, this is a picture book--it is replete with illustrations and photographs on every page.
For the avid Dali fan, this book holds few surprises. However, it is comprehensive, gigantic, and colorful, making it one of the best Dali books out there.
The book is readily available on internet book sites, but the cost is far more than you can expect to pay when the occasional online auction comes up. The demand is low, so you can expect to pay fewer then $20 at auction, whereas you can pay 2 to 3 times that to buy it outright on the internet.
My advice is to hold out for an auction to snatch this one up cheap.
Salvador Dali Erotic Sketches
Of the various skills demonstrated by the maestro, perhaps the most underrepresented is Dali's draftsmanship.
This contemporary book fills in a small portion of that gap which is addressed in few other publications.
The design is that of a personal sketch book, with a red ribbon running throught the front and back covers to tie it closed. Features 35 sketches, several of which I have not seen before.
One complaint is the wasted space in the form of pages left blank; clearly there is room for more reproductions.
The book concludes with a short essay about Dali by Norbert Wolf (also translated into German), and a detailed list of works illustrated.
This book is currently available for about $15 delivered.
Dali: a study of his life and work
New York Graphic Society, 1958.
In its time, this book likely served as an excellent introduction to Dali's early career and rise to international fame. Though that story has been told in many other places since then, this book still holds some historical value.
Other than the color plates, this book is heavily illustrated with b&w reproductions, comprised mostly of paintings, with a short section of drawings and watercolors at the end of the book.
The book originally had a clear dust jacket with the title printed in red. It is frequently missing from the book, so look for it if you are buying a copy.
Personally, I don't think you should pay more than $25 with the dust jacket, but you may not find such a bargain. Happy hunting!
homage to DALI
One version has an orange colored dust jacket decorated with The Dawn of Don Quixote (1952) over a sand colored hardcover (hereafter "ver. 1").
Another version has a blue colored dust jacket decorated with The Madonna of Port Lligat (1950) over a red colored hardcover (hereafter "ver. 2").
The content of each book is identical with one exception: both contain a unique Dali color lithograph.
In my opinion, you might only want this book to harvest the stellar Christ lithograph. My only complaint is that I would have preferred a different image for such a well-done reproduction.
As to the content of the book in general, it "contains insightful studies witten by ... knowledgeable writers." Now, this may sound great, but most of these "studies" are filled with such cloying treacly that only a paragraph or two is enough to give you a severe case of diabetes.
Anyway, the book is stuffed with many great photos and superb color reproductions, many of which are full-page. You can't go wrong there.
There is a 1984 printing of this book, I am not sure if it has any lithograph, so beware.
Both 1980 versions of this book normally sell for about $20, although many people try to get $60-$100 for Ver. 2. In my opinion, those people are insane and you should eschew paying that kind of money for this book. I recently got a copy of Ver. 2 for under $20 in a lot with two other Dali books.
Dali and His Books
This book is like a checklist, albeit incomplete, for the collector of Dali's writings and book illustrations. In spite of what's missing, it's a good starting point for any Dali collector. The book is 80 pages and is replete with color illustrations and tons of information.
The book begins with Dali, the writer which presents Dali's written works in chronological order. I find it odd that Les Diners de Gala is included in this section since there is not a single bit of text in this book authored by Dali. I would consider Les Diners a book illustrated by (not written by) Dali, so it belongs in the next section.
Nevertheless, this section is fairly comprehensive, though it could have included Speak of the Devil (1945) for the incredible dust jacket Dali designed for it. Also, where is Dali by Dali (1970)??? It is bizarre that at least the latter book was not included in this catalogue.
Weaknesses aside, this book is a fun read, especially for the avid collector of many of these works. The books section is illustrated with covers of many of the books and some of the illustrations contained therein. Occasionally, you get a foreign language cover which differs from the English edition.
I only recently became aware of this book, even after years of collecting Dali books. It seems to be a relatively rare publication. A copy will likely cost you about $40 and up.
by Luis Romero
Spanish-language edition: 1975; English translation: 1979
This is one of the great books written about Salvador Dali.
It combines both the author's first-hand knowledge of Dali, and the author's analysis of Dali's own writings and the words others have written about Dali. In doing so, the author paints his own unique picture of Dali's artistic oeuvre while weaving in a good deal of biographical content.
There appear to be contemporary reprints of this book, but the first edition is fairly easy to obtain. A fine quality copy will cost about $25-$30. I have one extra copy for sale, and your purchase will help support this web site.
The World of Salvador Dali
by Robert Descharnes
Ver. 1: Crown Publishers, 1962, printed in Italy & bound in Switzerland;
Ver. 2: Viking Press, 1968; Second printing 1972, printed & bound in Switzerland.
As to the content, I notice that Ver. 2 has several more color images than Ver. 1. Several of the color images are of works by Dali, and a couple are of Dali himself. With rare exception, every image that is available in color appears as such in Ver. 2, but may be black and white in Ver. 1.
|Ver. 2 on Ver. 1.|
Additionally, the color images in Ver. 2 are more crisp and vivid, so notwithstanding the few instances of black and white images differing from Ver. 1, I would prefer Ver. 2 because of the better color reproduction and because of its smaller size.
by Robert & Nicolas Descharnes (1993).
The first part of the book is a brief history of Dali’s life and career. It features fairly common photos of Dali at school, with his family, Gala, and various friends. The remainder of the book is over 300 pages of high quality color reproductions presented in chronological order. Most are of oil paintings, but there are plenty of watercolors, gouaches, drawings, mixed media art, sculptures, and objects of art.
Comes with a dust jacket that has the same design as the cover of the book. You don’t often see a book whose cover is the same as the dust jacket. Also has a red fabric ribbon attached to the binding–another feature you don’t see in many books.
Since around 1997, when I purchased this book at a used book store, I have not seen it for sale. It appears to be a rare find, though not necessarily in demand. I think I paid about $35 for it.
In Quest of Dali
by Carlton Lake (1969).
Carlton Lake writes about Dali in the late 1960s. During this time, Lake met up with Dali several times, both privately and at various public functions. This book gives you insight into the variety of things and people Dali was involved with at the time, from a first-hand perspective.
There are two brief sections of black and white illustrations which correspond to, and complement, the things Lake references in the text.
The dust jacket features a Halsman image. Expect to pay about $10 for a copy of this book.
Homage to Dali
You could probably do without this book in your Dali library. Expect to pay about $15 for a decent copy of this book, and make sure it has the lithograph still attached.
The Drawings of Dali
This is a rare book, but not in high demand, so you should be able to find an affordable copy from time-to-time. Expect to pay about $10 for it.