Paris: Éditions Surréalistes, 1930. First edition. 72,  pp. Original aluminum foil paper wrappers covered by red tissue paper, title printed in black on the cover. Photo-lithographed portrait of Gala, engraved frontispiece and six heliographic plates. One of 135 numbered copies on Arches, of a total edition of 204 copies. Slightest chipping of the fragile tissue to the head and tail of the spine and lower rear fore-edge, else a remarkably fine copy, housed in a custom clamshell box. Inscribed by Dalí on the half-title to André Lhote, the Cubist painter and teacher.
One of Dalí’s earliest books, containing four texts: “L’Âne Pourri,” “La Chèvre Sanitaire,” “L’Amour,” and “Le Grand Masturbateur.” In these writings, inspired by Freudian and post-Freudian theories, Dalí’s aim is to upset the frontiers between dream and reality and to break down the convictions that form the basis of so-called “bourgeois values.” He later spoke of it as “a spontaneous method of irrational knowledge, based on the critical and systematic objectification of delirious associations and delirious interpretations.” The photo portrait of Gala on the front free endpaper is designed to be reflected in the foil of the front pastedown, in keeping with Dalí’s obsession with doubling. Item #1946