Publishing and Editions of the Divine Comedy

Salvador Dali granted the publishing rights to this work to the publishing house Les Heures Claires in Paris. Mr. Jean Estrade, Artistic Director for Les Heures Claires, worked directly with Salvador Dali and Mr. Raymond Jacquet and was the exclusive editor for the Divine Comedy. Also working with Mr. Estrade was Antoine Branducci, Honorary Administrator of Les Heures Claires. Mr. Estrade was succeeded by Mr. Daniel David, current Director of Les Heures Claires. Editions of the Divine Comedy were printed and released as deluxe portfolios by Les Heures Claires.

Edition Information

It is the characteristics of the various editions of the Divine Comedy that enable collectors to understand the rarity and provenance of Divine Comedy works. Earlier editions included not only the 100 engravings, but also original watercolors, inked copper plates and decompositions (images that include one or more of the ink colors shown in progressive stages, color by color). Characteristics of the editions are as follows:

1 Portfolio containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper mounted on Japon Nacre paper including the text of the Divine Comedy, nine original watercolors; three inked copper plates, each bearing an engraved outline of one of the images of the Divine Comedy, on silk, from engraved copper plates; a suite of 100 engraved outlines of the images of the Divine Comedy; on Rives Paper, from engraved plates; one decomposition of the colors of one image; this set numbered I.

2 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper mounted on Japon Nacre paper including the text of the Divine Comedy; six original watercolors; one inked copper plate, bearing an engraved outline of an image of the Divine Comedy; a suite of 100 engraved outlines of the images of the Divine Comedy, on silk, from engraved copper plates; one decomposition of the colors of one image; these sets numbered II and III.

5 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper mounted on Japon Nacre paper including the text of the Divine Comedy; three original watercolors; one inked copper plate, bearing an engraved outline of an image of the Divine Comedy; a suite of 100 engraved copper plates; one decomposition of the colors of one image; these sets numbered IV to VIII.

13 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper mounted on Japon nacre paper including the text of the Divine Comedy; one original watercolor; a suite of 100 engraved outlines of the images of the Divine Comedy, on silk, from engraved copper plates; a decomposition of the colors of one image; these sets numbered IX to XXI.

15 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper including the text of the Divine Comedy; an additional suite of the 100 wood engravings on Rives paper; one inked copper plate, bearing an engraved outline of an image of the Divine Comedy; and additional suite of the 100 wood engravings on Rives paper; one inked copper plate, bearing an engraved outline of an image of the Divine Comedy; a suite of 100 engraved outlines of the images of theĀ  Divine Comedy, on Rives paper, from engraved copper plates; a decomposition of the colors of one image; these sets numbered 1 to 15.

150 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper including the text of the Divine Comedy; an additional suite of the 100 wood engravings on Rives paper; a suite of 100 engraved outlines of the images of the Divine Comedy, on Rives paper, from engraved copper plates; a decomposition of the colors of one image; these sets numbered 16 to 165.

350 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper including the text of the Divine Comedy; a decomposition of the colors of one image; these sets numbered 516 to 865.

3,900 Portfolios containing:

the suite of 100 color wood engravings* on Rives paper including the text of the Divine Comedy.

There were also some proofs of the images printed on silk and on Japon Nacre paper. Published by Editions Les Heures Claires, 19 Rue Bonaparte, Paris, France, Jean Estrade, Editor

The Divine Comedy engravings offered by Park West Gallery come primarily from the later portfolios of engravings alone, although the Park West Collection includes some copper engravings and decompositions.