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Salvador Dalí

Don Quijote


Year: 2003


An outstanding edition of Cervantes’ timeless work, featuring facsimile reproductions of the watercolours and drawings produced by Dalí, who was fascinated by the character of Don Quijote. Dalí’s unforgettable images, charged with fantasy, magic and wit, help to give the reader a fresh perspective on Cervantes’ tale. 

On the occasion of Dalí Year in 2003 and the 4th centenary of the creation of El Quijote, Artika and the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundationpresented a creative visualisation by a great artistic genius of the most important novels in literature. 

With his own unique way of seeing things, Dalí places Don Quijote in an extraordinary Dalinian world – Cervantes’ passages are enriched with the painter’s characteristic iconography, with precisely-explained features, architectural forms, figures, ants, pebbles and spiral forms, and these intense designs serve to revitalise the scenes in the novel. 

The volume, sewn by hand and with bound red velvet covers, include the prints illustrated by the Ampurdan artist and the complete text of the work just as it was published in the 17th century, together with annotations by the renowned philologist Martín de Riquer. 

In the Study Book, a number of specialists take us deep into the complex world Cervantes created, as well as examining and interpreting Dalí’s designs and compositions to give the reader an overview of the whole work. And since the Study Book is such a treasure, it is fitting that it should be concealed secretly inside a case lined in gold fabric. 

A unique work of art, published in the form of a limited edition of 998 numbered copies.

The production process

The drawings and watercolours produced by Dalí for Don Quijote are the property of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation.

The prints have been produced using the stochastic screening technique with thermal plates to produce a perfect reproduction, faithful to the original.

These highly valuable illustrations are affixed to the pages by hand using three drops of glue, in what is a painstaking, careful process.

Each print bears the seal of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, as well as the number of the copy to which the volume corresponds.

The design of the covers, in three sections and embossed in black and gold, makes them easy to read and guarantees a perfect finish.

Owing to the size of the volume, it has been sewn in the traditional manner, using a semi-manual machine and high-quality cotton thread.

Each copy has been numbered by a calligrapher from 1 to 998 and notarised.

The box, handmade and with a reinforced interior, is bound in gold cloth and embossed by hand.

The design of the box, which holds the two volumes snugly, is the final step in the creation of what is a unique, unrepeatable work.

Technical specifications

  • Hand-made protective box lined with gold cotton cloth
  • Wood-reinforced and with inner lining
  • Box top embossed with Don Quijote in red lettering, and Dalí’s signature in black letters
  • A detachable tray in the lower part of the box contains the Study Book
  • Total weight of piece: 12 kg
    El Quijote
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Book cover lined in a velvety fabric embossed in gold and black
  • Cover design includes part of one of Dalí’s drawings for El Quijote, and the artist’s signature
  • Special edition annotated by Martín de Riquer, with the complete texts from 1605 (the first part) and from 1615 (the second)
  • Paper used for the text: Corolla Antique Premium by Fedrigoni
  • Text printed in three different colours
  • 43 facsimile illustrations printed in five different colours on Chromomat paper
  • Plates inserted and glued by hand
  • The volume is hand-sewn
  • Gold silk ribbon bookmark
  • Size: 37 x 37 cm
    Study Book
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Gold cloth lining, embossed in red and black
  • Includes Dalí’s comments on his illustrations, and photographs of the artist
  • Size: 24 x 24 cm