Dali, Salvador. Hard Cover. New York: Maecenas Press - Random House, 1969. First Thus. Near Fine.
Illustrated by Salvador Dalí. First edition thus, number 1,990 of 2,500 copies printed on Mandeure paper and signed by Dalí. Twelve illustrations with original woodcuts and an original etching by Dalí. Folio. Publisher’s brown cloth chemise with Dalí’s signature in gilt to front board, paper loose as issued; publisher’s quarter brown morocco clamshell case, titles in gilt to spine, brown cloth to interior. Fine book; very good or better case lacking bone clasps, with a few closed tears and a small chip to head of spine. Overall, a striking copy, with bright and imaginative illustrations that complement Carroll’s story beautifully. This brilliant edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published as a Random House “Book of the Month,” combines the talents of two of the greatest surrealist artists. For the work, Salvador Dalí provided a frontispiece and an illustration for each of the book’s twelve chapters. While the illustrations are wonderfully disjointed and dreamlike, what unifies them all is the presence of Alice, portrayed in each illustration as a girl holding a jump rope over her head. This evocative figure appears in a number of Dalí’s works, perhaps most notably in his painting, Landscape with Girl Skipping Rope (1936). It is believed that the figure was inspired by the shape of a bell tower at Dalí’s sister’s school. Another notable aspect of the illustrations is the inclusion of a melting clock in the Mad Tea Party illustration, reminiscent of the clocks in one of Dalí’s most enduring works, The Persistence of Memory (1931).