Sometimes called “the greatest film ever made”, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film Dunes was the cult director’s mid-1970s effort to adapt Frank Herbert’s novel for the big screen, starring Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Gloria Swanson, with music by Pink Floyd and Magma. During pre-production, Jodorowsky and comic artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud collaborated on a massive collection of set and character designs and a nearly complete storyboard of the entire proposed film – which would have been 14 hours as scripted – including dialogue in English and French. Producer Michel Seydoux and Jodorowsky made a handful of copies of a hardcover tome compiling the designs and flew to the United States to entice studios to fund the project which sadly just didn’t happen. . For the whole story, watch this wonderful documentary.) Only about ten copies of the Dune book would have survived. In two weeks, Christie’s will sell one of them at auction. This rare book—officially titled Michel Seydoux presents Dune by Alejandro Jodorowsky based on the novel by Frank Herbert— should bring in 25,000 to 35,000 euros. Click on the Moebius Everyday Instagram post below for a sneak peek.
This copy bears the number 5 on the reverse of the lower cover. Other copies are known: one was sold at auction a few years ago, and Jodorowsky also owns a copy. There are probably a few other surviving copies.
The book is partially reproduced online. We don’t know if the other surviving copies are also numbered, so it’s a little tricky to gauge how many copies were originally printed. One can logically assume that between 10 and 20 copies were printed and bound.
Sky blue cloth binding, with, laminated on the upper cover, a photographic reproduction of the poster of the proposed film based on an original work by Christopher Foss, title label printed on the back, remains of a press-stud clasp.
(Thanks, Tim Daly!)