Essays Of Michael De Montaigne Illustrated By Salvador Dali

About this Item: Doubleday & Co., Garden City, 1947. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Literary Guild Edition.. 472 pages. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. ESSAYS. Essays by the 16th Century French Philosopher. Includes illustrations in color and black and white by Salvador Dali. (Key Words: Philosophy, Essays, Michel de Montaigne, Salvador Dali, Charles Cotton, Democritus, Education). book. Seller Inventory # 15297X3

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About this Item: Doubleday & Co, Garden City, 1947. Condition: Very Good. Dali, Salvador (illustrator). Literary Guild. Half green buckram, black boards with gilt vignette. Gilt lettering on spine and cover decoration very dull, corners bumped, else a nice, tight copy. 16 color plates and numerous b&w text illustrations by Dali. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 013109

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About this Item: Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City, NY, 1947. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Salvador Dali (illustrator). Green cloth quarter binding with black paper boards. The spine has a brown title block with gilt lettering. The title block lists the book title, "Selected and Illustrated by Salvador Dali". Below these words, "Literary Guild" The front panel has what appears to be a gargoyle imprinted and outlined with gilt. The end papers are clean, but are toned particularly along the glue lines. There is a small 1/4" tear to the FFEP at the bottom. The spine has some light rubbing of the cloth at the top, but there are no tears. The fore edge is deckled and moderately toned. The pages are moderately toned as well. Seller Inventory # 002097

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About this Item: Doubleday & Co, Inc., Garden City, N.Y., 1947. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Salvador Dali (illustrator). Black cloth backed in green cloth, on boards. Gilt cover design very faint. Book is clean, with no writing or damage. This 16th Century French philosopher influenced Descartes and Pascal, among others. He refused to "correct" his early work, but included it in later writings, which showed changes in his thinking. Some contemporaries were not impressed, but more recent philosophers have learned to accept and value his contributions in the areas of self-study and skepticism, especially. Translated by Charles Cotton. Dali has contributed 15 bright, full-page colour prints with blank versos, most of human figures and some nude, as well as several monochrome drawings. Art works are distributed throughout the book in order to best illustrate the text. 472 pp. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 009575

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About this Item: NY: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1947., 1947. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY DALI. 1 vol., illustrated by Salvador Dali, limited to 1000 numbered and signed copies this being copy #297, signed by Dali on the limitation page. Bound in the publisher's gilt stamped blue cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut, small neat gift inscription to front blank endleaf otherwise FINE, without the card slipcase. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # 000345

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About this Item: Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1947. Hardcover. Condition: Near fine. First Edition. Translated by Charles Cotton. Selected and Illustrated by Salvador Dali. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1947. This is #346 of 1,000 copies signed by Salvador Dali. Brilliant pairing of Montaigne's 16th century inquiries into the nature of reality with Dali's surrealist exploration of the irrational dream world underlying the real. Octavo. Original blue cloth binding, with gilt stamping. Lacking the rare glassine wrapper and the publisher's slipcase. The spine is very lightly sun faded; else near fine. Seller Inventory # 65871

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The Persistance of Memory (1931)

When we think of great artists, unless we are expert scholars of them, we tend to think of their most popular masterpiece(s). The name Van Gogh brings to mind Starry Night, while Da Vinci makes one immediately think of the Mona Lisa. For Salvador Dali it may very well be The Persistance of Memory, or “that one painting with the melting clocks”.

But for those who want a deeper taste of an artists works, it is the lesser known pieces and sketches that truly excite, similar to how devoted music fans devour demos and obscure bootlegs. For Maria Popova on Brain Pickings, this comes in the form of Dali’s illustrations for Montaigne’s Essais, Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the twelve signs of the western zodiac.

Of particular interest to the Core are the illustrations for a rare 1947 edition of 16th century French writer Michel de Montaigne’s Essais that CC201 students have been studying of late. A portrait of the author retains the austere composure of period portraits while utilizing a much more loose, colorful style.

For essays such as “On the Education of Children”, Dali created thought-provoking drawings that are perfect accompaniments to the essays themselves.

Equally fascinating are the surrealist’s illustrations for a 1969 edition of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland. Even more abstract than the previous works, these seem to fit in well with the period in which they were created. The drawing for the mad tea party even contains a viscous clock face like that in The Persistence of Memory.

Finally, but certainly not less interesting, are Dali’s 1967 drawings of the twelve classical zodiac signs. The series culminates in a stunning illustration that shows the formation of all twelve signs together.

If you have a moment or two, take a look at the artwork in the links and let us know which is your favorite.

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