Salvador Dali came from a rich tradition of avant-garde Spanish painters (Picasso, Miro) who, like himself all took great pleasure in exploring their art in myriad forms. For that reason, the father of the Surrealist movement is not only famous for his symbolist paintings of melting clocks and long-legged elephants, but also for his illustrations, pen and ink drawings, sculpture and short films. Indeed, compared to his peers, Salvador Dali may not have had the prodigious output of Picasso, but he can be said to be the only surrealist to really remain engaged with the modern development of the art world, the media, and technology.
Salvador Dali was also, as Orwell rather favorably put it, ‘a very good draughtsman…’ and worked extensively for major printers, publishers, and advertising agencies of his time. One such example would be his illustrated edition of Macbeth, for Doubleday of New York (1946), with copies available for as little as $250. His work stretched from illustrations and prints for books, plays, and in magazines such as Vogue, or even theatrical costumes (As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, of which the Folio Society has reproduced color pictures) and television commercials (Lanvins chocolates, 1968).
The father of the absurd was an obvious workaholic, who reveled in disseminating his work to as wide an audience as possible. For the serious collector, this makes finding unique pieces somewhat difficult, as his many contractual agreements with discrete publishers encouraged his works to be reproduced hundreds, if not thousands of times. However, there is still good news for the collector, as that also follows that Dali’s work can indeed be found, still available and on market.
My advice would be to search reputable companies such as DoubleDay, Taschen, The Folio Society and the Dial Press, and be looking for smaller, limited edition runs. Pieces such as The Signs of the Zodiac (with each sign illustrated by Dali) can be found at a very reasonable price, while a signed edition would raise the value of the piece to the region of a $1000. Beware of retrospectives of Dali and his work, but instead focus on individual projects, such as Essays of Montaigne, or The Metamorphosis of Narcissus.
Dali, Salvador Breton. L'Immaculee Conception. Editions Surrealistes. Paris. (1930). 116 copies with a full page original heliogravure reworked with drypoint by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador Crevel. Dali Ou L'Anti-Obscurantisme. Editions Surrealistes (1931). 615 copies with 10 photographic plates by Dali
Dali, Salvador. Violette Nozieres. Paris, Editions Nicolas Flamel (1933). illustrations by Magritte, Giacometti, Ernst, Dali
Dali, Salvador Lautreamont. Les Chants De Maldoror. Albert Skira Editeur (1934). 160 copies with 30 hors-texte original heliogravures reworked with drypoint and 12 smaller etchings within the text
Dali, Salvador. Conquest Of The Irrational. Julien Levy (1935). 1000 copies with 35 b/w photographic reproductions and one color plate of Dali's paintings
Dali, Salvador. La Conquete De l'Irrationnel. Editions Surrealistes (1935). 1200 copies with 35 b/w photographic reproductions and one color plate of Dali's paintings
Dali, Salvador Breton. Notes Sur La Poesie. GLM (1936). 115 copies with a frontispiece by Dali
Dali, Salvador. Metamorphose De Narcisse. Editions Surrealistes (1937). 500 copies with poem and painting by Salvador Dali. Includes 3 photographs of the painting (1 in color and 2 details)
Dali, Salvador. Metamorphosis Of Narcissus. Julian Levy Gallery (1937). 550 copies with poem and painting by Salvador Dali. Includes 3 photographs of the painting (1 in color and 2 details)
Dali, Salvador. The Secret Life Of Salvador Dali. Dial Press (1942). 16 full page composite photographs, numerous b/w figures
Dali, Salvador. Hidden Faces. Dial Press (1944). dust jacket, frontispiece and tailpiece designed by Dali
Dali, Salvador Cervantes. Don Quixote De La Mancha. The Illustrated Modern Library (1946). Ten two-page Dali color illustrations
Dali, Salvador Shakespeare. Macbeth. Doubleday and Company (1946). illustated by Dali
Dali, Salvador Symonds. The Autobiography Of Benvenuto Cellini. Doubleday, Garden City (1946). 1000 copies illustrated by Dali
Dali, Salvador Montaigne. Essays Of Michel De Montaigne. Doubleday, Garden City (1947). 1000 copies illustrated by Dali
Dali, Salvador Rose. Wine, Women And Words. Simon and Schuster A Giant Golden Book (1948). Dali lithographs by Acweltone Corp
Dali, Salvador Sandoz. La Maison Sans Fenetres. Pierre Seghers Editeur (1949). 2500 copies illustrated by Dali
Dali, Salvador Sandoz. Le Labyrinthe. Lausanne, Mermod (1949). illustrated by Dali
Dali, Salvador Sandoz. On The Verge. Garden City N.Y., Doubleday (1950). Illustrated by Dali with line and wash drawings, full-color frontispiece and dust jacket
Dali, Salvador Sandoz. The House Without Windows. William Campion (1950). Illustrated with full-page colour plates by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador. 50 Secretos Magicos Para Pintar. Luis De Caralt (1951). numerous b/w illustrations and 5 colour plates
Dali, Salvador Sandoz. La Limite. La Table Ronde / Plon (1951). 1800 copies illustrated with 7 hors-texte drawings by Salvador Dali and a frontispiece in color
Dali, Salvador. Manifeste Mystique. Robert J. Godet (1951). portfolio containing pen and ink drawing and an etching by Dali
Dali, Salvador Shakespeare. As You Like It. Folio Society (1953). Decor and costumes by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador Tapie. Dali. Les Editions Du Chene (1957). 16 color plates
Dali, Salvador Morse. Dali A Study Of His Life And Work. Greenwich: New York Graphic Society (1958). 95 b/w illustrations and 16 tipped-in color plates
Dali, Salvador Dante. La Divine Comedie. Les Heures Claires (Paris) And Arti E Scienze Salani (Florence) (1959). 12 volumes. 350 deluxe copies with 100 color woodcuts after watercolors by Dali, plus an extra suite with the 100 woodcuts, plus 369 color decomposition woodcuts on Rives paper
Dali, Salvador. Hommage A Meissonier. Hotel Meurice (1967). 4 original lithographs by Dali
Dali, Salvador Gerard. Dali. Harry N. Abrams, Inc (1968). 271 illustrations, including 80 plates in full color and 23 in toned gravure
Dali, Salvador Gerard. Dali De Draeger. Le Soleil Noir Editeur (1968). 271 illustrations, including 80 plates in full color and 23 in toned gravure
Dali, Salvador Ronsard. Les Amours De Cassandre. Argillet (1968). 299 copies with 10 full-plate and 8 vignette drypoint etchings by Dali.
Dali, Salvador Carroll. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. Maecenas Press - Random House (1969). Twelve Illustrations with original woodcuts and an original etching by Salvador Dali. 2500 copies.
Dali, Salvador. Les Metamorphoses Erotiques. A L'Erotitiad (1969). includes an additional suite of drawings. 120 numbered copies signed by Dali have an extra etching.
Dali, Salvador. Signs Of The Zodiac. New York; Penn Prints (1969). Portfolio of 12 color off-set lithographs
Dali, Salvador Jones. The Jerusalem Bible. Doubleday (1970). 32 illlustrations by Dali
Dali, Salvador. Hidden Faces. Peter Owen,London (1973). 100 copies are signed by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador Domenech. The Wines Of Gala. New York Harry N. Abrams, Inc (1977). illustrated by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador Domenech. Die Weine Von Gala. Frankfurt/Berlin/Wien (Ullstein-Propylaen) (1978). illustrated by Salvador Dali
Dali, Salvador Domenech. The Wines Of Gala. New York Harry N. Abrams, Inc (1978). 100s of illustrations by Dali
Dali, Salvador. Homage To Salvador Dali. Leon Amiel (1980). with a Dali lithograph
Dali, Salvador Michler. Catalogue Raisonne Of Prints: Etchings And Mixed-Media, 1924-1980. Munich, Prestel-Verlag (1994). 100 color plates and 900 black and white illustrations
Dali, Salvador Descharnes. Salvador Dali 1904-1989. Taschen (1994). 2 Volumes. Vol. I: 1904-1946. Vol. II: 1946-1989. 1,848 illustrations
Dali, Salvador Michler. Catalogue Raisonne Of Prints, Lithographs And Wood Engravings II, 1956-1980. Munich, Prestel-Verlag (1995). 693 illustrations, 85 in colour.
Dali, Salvador Finkelstein. Salvador Dali's Art And Writing, 1927-1942. Cambridge University Press (1996). (The Metamorphosis of Narcissus)
Dali, Salvador. Die Bibel. Gesamtausgabe In Der Einheitsubersetzung. Augsburg, Pattloch (1997). Gesamtausgabe in der Einheitsubersetzung, illustr. mit dem vollstandigen Bibelzyklus von Salvador Dali