BAUDELAIRE (CHARLES) Les Fleurs du mal], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE

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Lot 298
BAUDELAIRE (CHARLES)
Les Fleurs du mal], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE

Sold for £ 3,240 (US$ 4,401) inc. premium
[BAUDELAIRE (CHARLES)
Les Fleurs du mal], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, without title-page, dark morocco gilt by Charles Meunier (signed in blind on covers, and gilt on front turn-in), covers with central pictorial panels worked in coloured onlays (upper panel depicting a skeleton and flowers rising up with from a bed of skulls, entwined with a snake against a backdrop of the sun emerging from behind the mountains, captioned "Les fleurs du mal"; lower panel of a skull resting on an open book and thistles, entwined with a banner "Amor A Mort"), purple watersilked endpapers, gilt dentelles with skull cornerpieces,, g.e., central original printed wrappers bound in, half morocco chemise [Carteret I, pp.118-123], 8vo, Paris, Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1858

Footnotes

  • The first edition with the six poems ("Les Bijoux", "Le Lethé", "A celle qui est trop gaie", "Lesbos", "Femmes damnées", and "Les Métamorphoses du vampire") suppressed soon after publication.

Saleroom notices

  • The publication date should read 1857, and not 1858 as stated.
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