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    With Thirteen Drypoint Etchings, Each Signed by Dali, One of Only 195 Copies

    Salvador Dali. Les Douze Tribus d'Israël - Hommage a Israël por son 25E Anniversaire. Treize pointes-sèches originales. Fribourg, Switzerland: Transworld Arts S.A., 1973.

    The complete portfolio, in an edition limited to 195 copies on Velin d'Arches, of which this is number 139, with the limitation page and each etching signed by Dali. Large folio. 13 drypoint etchings with color stencils, each sheet measuring approximately 19.75 x 26 inches. Preface by Abba Eban. Text in French and Hebrew.

    Etchings loose, as issued, in paper wrappers, enclosed in the original blue moiré silk portfolio with Dali's signature in facsimile stamped in silver on the front; all housed in a blue moiré silk and leather four-fold box with silver titles and enclosures. Fine.

    Commissioned to celebrate Israel's twenty-fifth anniversary, Salvador Dali's Twelve Tribes of Israel is the splendid result. Abba Eban writes in the Preface: "The evolution of these tribes through their descendants to the arrival, after two thousand years in exile, of the third Jewish state, constitutes without doubt a surrealist development of History. This is why Salvador Dali is the most apt artist to depict the first Israelites." A superb livre d'artiste, by one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

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    Box: corners of front "flap" lightly rubbed; minor bump to foot of box's non-titled side (the side opposite the "spine"; rear moiré-silk-covered panel is fraying a bit along the top and bottom seams. Chemise: fine.

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