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This is the first in a series of articles on Dali prints. We plan to expand this into a collection of articles on many aspects of Dali's prints works, including the various processes used in producing many of the works. Please return soon!



1. Dali prints published by the Collectors Guild

The Five Spanish Immortals

In the early 1960s Dali was commissioned by the Swiss publisher Jean Schneider (Basel) to produce a print edition based on historically interesting Spanish figures, both real and fictious; five figures chosen were: Cervantes , Don Quixote, El Cid, El Greco and Velasquez.

In 1965, Schneider published the edition, titled Five Spanish Immortals. The prints, original etchings, were printed in a total editio of 180 examples on two diffrent papers, Rives (in sepia ink) and Japon (in black ink).

Each of these prints was hand signed by Dali in pencil, within the paper margin (lower right), and each of the 125 examples on Rives were numbered /125. This edition was marketed by the New York based company called The Collectors Guild.

The remainder of the edition, thirty (30) prints on Japon paper, numbered /XXX and twenty-five (25) on Japon (in bistre ink) were marketed by the publisher.

In 1968, the Collectors Guild, through a contract, published another edition of the Immortals, an unlimited and unsigned edition. To distinguish between the two editions, Dali scratched his name within the image on each of the five plates.

If your print has Dali's signature etched within the plate (see photos below), then your print comes from the unlimited edtion.

The printing of the unlimited edition) went on for many years, and no one knows exactly how many prints were made of each image; in all probability, many thousands. At this time, these prints command very little value.

A note on Dali's pencil signature.:

Any Dali signature, other than the etched plate signature, on any of the prints from the unlimited edition, is considered a forgery. In a few rare cases Dali did sign examplese of these prints, but always with dedicatory remarks.

Frank Hunter, May 2002

The Prints -
 

El Cid

El Cid

Dali's signature appears in the upper left corner. Dimensions: height (plate): 16.7 cm, width (plate): 12.1cm.
El Cid - detail
El Cid - Detail of Dali's etched signature.
 

Don Quixote

Don Quixote
Dali's signature appears in the lower right corner. Dimensions: height (plate) 16.5 cm., width (plate) 12 cm.
Don Quixote detail
Don Quixote - Detail of Dal's etched signature.
 

Cervantes

Cervantes
Dali's signature appears in the lower left corner. Dimensions: height (plate) 17.5 cm., width (plate) 12 cm.
Cervantes detail
Cervantes - Detail of Dali's etched signature.
 

El Greco

El Greco
Dali's signature appears in the lower right corner. Dimensions: height (plate) 17.5 cm., width (plate) 12 cm.
El Greco detail
El Greco - Detail of Dali's etched signature.

Velasquez

 Velasquez
Dali's signature appears in the lower right left. Dimensions: height (plate) 17.2 cm., width (plate) 12 cm.





Velasquez detail
Velasquez - Detail of Dali's etched signature.