New Exhibit Opens in the Central Reading Room

"Down the Rabbit Hole"

“Down the Rabbit Hole”

Artist Salvador Dalí’s vibrant and surreal interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is on display in the newly renovated Central Reading Room, Melville Library. The works are part of a unique portfolio housed in Special Collections of the University Libraries.

In 1969, Maecenas Press-Random House, as part of their “Book of the Month Club,” produced 2500 portfolios of Dalí’s take on the Lewis Carroll classic. The portfolio is signed by Dalí and contains 12 full color – one for each chapter of the book – vivid and imaginative heliogravures after Dalí’s original gouache paintings. Printed on Mandeure paper – high quality, wood-free paper produced in France – an original remarque (etching of the name “Dalí”) appears on each illustration. The copy in Special Collections is number 103.

All are invited to view the works. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Interpreted and Illustrated by Salvador Dalí” is free and open to public.
Please contact exhibit curator Kristen Nyitray, Head, Special Collections and University Archives, University Archivist, for further information.

Dalí Exhibition, Central Reading Room, Melville Library

Dalí Exhibition, Central Reading Room, Melville Library




Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail:
Kristen Nyitray
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