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    Sale 7612

    Old Master, 19th Century, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    1 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 218

    Salvador Dalí

    Les Chants de Maldoror, P. Argillet, Paris, 1974 (M. & L. 11-54)

    Price Realised  


    Salvador Dalí
    Les Chants de Maldoror, P. Argillet, Paris, 1974 (M. & L. 11-54)
    the complete set of 50 heliogravures, based on the series of 42 plates published in 1934, on Arches, each signed in pencil and numbered 46/100, the full sheets loose (as published), pale time staining, otherwise in good condition, within the original black linen covered portfolio case lined with gold silk, with the artist's name, title and design in gold on the cover, in good condition (portfolio)
    P.225 x 171 mm., S. 327 x 247 mm. (average)

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    The Chants de Maldoror, by Isidore Ducasse, the self-styled Comte de Lautréamont, first published in full in 1869, was a crucial text for the Surrealist movement. It was probably through Alfred Jarry that Breton, Soupault and Aragon discovered the work in 1918-19. Skira's edition of 1934 was Dalí's first original book illustration on a large scale. It comprised 44 drypoints (including two vignettes) which were printed as heliogravures. The 1974 edition was reprinted from the original heliogravure plates. Dali then took seven of the plates and added additional drypoint remarques, with the result that the set contains impressions of these plates both before and after the additional work. However one plate (M. & L. 52) was not included in its original state.

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