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Salvador Dali

L’Art d’Aimer / Book with prints

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L’Art d’Aimer
1979


Ovide - Salvador Dali
Editions Centre Culturel de Paris.

In-folio (56 x 38 cm), bound, paginated (112 pages). Binding in brown leather, embossed with gilt stamped title and design, brown silk covered slipcase.
Famous text by Ovid (French translation unspecified), illustrated with a double-page color lithograph bearing the title of the book  (Romains, s’il est quelqu’un parmi vous…), thirteen color woodcuts  (Vénus, Phoebus ce dieu…, C’est là que l’amour se plût à livrer bataille, On voit cette reine, La déesse de Cythère, Infidèle épouse de Ménélas, Divine Erato, Un généreux coursier, Pilade aimait Hermione, Le jeune Icare, Fille de Minos, Apollon, Mais ô belle Dionée), and a double-page etching in two colors (Epris d’une folle passion pour Endymion). All prints, preceded by a captioned Japanese interleaf, are hors-texte, and signed in pencil by the artist. The justification page bears the copy number and the artist's pencil signature. The suite of 12 woodcuts is lacking. Typography and woodcuts printed by G. Descouens in the Ateliers Pierre-Jean Mathan in Boulogne-sur-Seine, the etching printed by P. Cappelle in Sannois, the lithograph printed by Gourdon in Paris, the binding executed by Renaissance du Livre. Edition : IX (9) copies numbered from I to IX, printed on parchment with two additionnel suites (one in colors and one in sanguine) and the decomposition of a woodcut + 48 copies (+ 6 artist copies), numbered from X to LVII, printed on Japanese paper and two suites (one in colors and one in sanguine) + 44 copies on Arches wove paper (+ 10 artist copies), numbered from 1 to 44, with a suite of 12 woodcuts in colors + 100 copies on Arches wove paper (+ 30 artist copies), numbered from 45 to 144, with a suite of 4 woodcuts ; here copy n° 25 Arches wove paper, the suite of the 12 woodcuts in colors is lacking. Reference : Michler & Löpsinger n° 1525 to 1538, A. Field n° 79-2. In mint condition.


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