Publishing and Printing of the Albaretto Editions

In 1971 Dr. Albaretto joined with the French publishing firm Les Heures Claires, publisher and printer of the Dali Divine Comedy series, and founded “Les Heures Claires, Italy” to create editions of Dali mixed-technique works and intaglio prints (engravings, etchings, dry-points) based on many of the paintings and drawings in his collection. Working with Mr. Jean Estrade, the Artistic Director of the French firm, 67 editions were published. On November 7, 1978 after the completion of the editions, Dali signed a sworn, notarized attestation authenticating the prints, affirming his hand-signatures on each impression and confirming each edition size. A similar document signed by Jean Estrade in 1985 also exists confirming the printing and editions sizes for the same 67 editions.

The editions were printed by Les Heures Claires, Paris. Each edition was printed in a limited number (145, 195, or 245 impressions) plus some artist proofs. The impressions were numbered or annotated and Dali hand-signed each impression in pencil. All of the plates were destroyed after a single printing of each edition.

The intaglios (engravings, etchings, dry-points) were printed in a limited number with 145, 195 or 245 examples printed on Arches paper, and 95 or 145 examples printed on Japan (Japanese) paper, plus some artist proofs on both papers. These intaglio impressions were also hand-colored in watercolor by artisans based on models created by Dali. The impressions were numbered or annotated and Dali hand-signed each impression in pencil. All of the plates were destroyed after a single printing of each edition.