Notes: A literary classic of the Renaissance illustrated with 17 full-page images by the great Surrealist Salvador Dalí and limited to 1000 copies signed by the artist.
Cellini was a great Italian artist who knew Titian, Michelangelo, popes, and kings. He also had a temper, spent time in prison, escaped, and befriended or feuded with everyone who was anyone in 16th century Rome. His autobiography is one of those rare books still read for pleasure after nearly 500 years.
As part of its series of limited editions illustrated by famous American artists, Doubleday, Doran commissioned Dalí, a Spanish painter who was not American, but at least he was living in the US at the time, to bring his distinctive style to these illustrations. In addition to the full-page plates, there are numerous black-and-white in-text illustrations.
The result is a classic mid-century American illustrated book.
Edition + Condition: A near fine copy, with a spine that is slightly tanned. In a very good slipcase with the typical wear and a bit of splitting at the edges. Signed by Dalí on the limitation page. A very nice copy of this classic Surrealist-illustrated book.
Publication: Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1946.
Item No: #307405