ONE OF ONLY 300 COPIES SIGNED BY SALVADOR DALÍ, AND WITH AN ORIGINAL DRYPOINT ALSO SIGNED BY HIM
DALÍ, Salvador. Les Métamorphoses Érotiques. [Paris]: L'Érotitiade, (1969). Folio (10 by 13 inches), loose signatures and suite of plates as issued, publisher's cloth portfolio and slipcase. $4500.
Signed limited first edition, number 48 of 300 numbered copies signed by Dalí, this being one of 120 copies printed on vélin rives, one of only 150 with an original drypoint etching of a chimera signed by Dalí. With an extra suite of ten plates.
In this work Dalí took images from two late 19th-century textbooks and from the 1851 "Catalogue of the great exhibition of the works of industry of all nations" and transforms the illustrations; the first of these "metamorphoses" were executed in 1942 in New York. Dalí defined his paranoid-critical method as "a spontaneous method of irrational knowledge based upon the critical-interpretive association of delirious phenomena." With a two-page Introduction by the artist: "Contre la pornographie et l'obscénité pour le dieu Eros et l'érotisme." Text in French. Field 69-15. Michler & Löpsinger, Catalogue Raisonné 342 (original etching).