Item #140943694 [The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal. Charles Baudelaire.
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal
[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal

[The Flowers of Evil] Les Fleurs du mal

Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1857.

First edition, first printing containing the six suppressed poems: "Les Bijoux", "Le Léthé", "A celle qui est trop gaie", "Lesbos", "Femmes damnées", and "Les Métamorphoses du vampire." With the following issue points: "Feurs" in the headline on pp. 31 and 108; with p. 45 misnumbered 44, and with the last word of the first line on p. 201 "captieux" instead of "capiteux." The first edition of Les Fleurs du mal consisted of 1,300 copies, 200 of which were seized and mutilated after the six "notorious" poems were censored.

Bound in full brown morocco with matching marbled-sided slipcase lined in brown morocco by Rene Lieffer, with original second state pale yellow wraps with rear wrap announcing Les Fleurs du Mal bound in. Extra-illustrated with 12 later plates bound in between the title page and first chapter. The extra plates include etchings, engravings, and photographic plates; two of them are illustrations of the "flowers," prepared for later editions. A majority of the remaining plates are portraits of Baudelaire, designed by himself, Manet, Courbet and others. pp. [7], 6-248, [4] + 12 pp. of plates. Near Fine with light foxing to textblock edge and lightly and sporadically throughout. Bookseller ticket to front free endpaper, and with several modern inscriptions to preliminary blanks from recent owners. Light rubbing to binding and slipcase. A beautiful and grangerized copy.

Baudelaire's masterpiece and most famous work, a book of lyric poetry expressing the changing nature of beauty in the rapidly industrializing Paris during the mid-19th century. An enormously influential collection of poems famously dubbed a "frisson nouveau" (a "shock" or "shudder" or "thrill" of the new) by Victor Hugo, condemned by French authorities, and held up by the Symbolists and their descendants as one of the first stirrings of literary modernism. Item #140943694

Price: $35,000.00

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