New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1971. Item #03168
"The Changing Nature of Beauty in Modern, Industrializing Paris During the 19th Century"
BAUDELAIRE, Charles. [TREMOIS, Pierre-Yves, Illustrator]. [LAVER, James, Editor]. The Flowers of Evil. Translated into English verse by various hands. Edited, with an introduction and notes, by James Laver and illustrated with engravings by Pierre-Yves Tremois. [with] Les Fleurs du Mal [original French] in a separate volume illustrated with line drawings by Pierre-Yves Tremois. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1971.
One of fifteen hundred copies (The Flowers of Evil signed by the illustrator), of which this is number 48. Both volumes designed by Charles E. Skaggs; printed by A. Colish; set in monotype Bembo; special Curtis wove paper; bound by Russell-Rutter Company.
Two Royal octavo and octavo volumes (11 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches; 285 x 169 mm.) and 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; 223 x 140 mm.).
xxxvi, 201, [1, blank], [1, limitation], [1 blank]; xii, 188, [1, blank], [1, limitation] pp. Ten full-page drawings and numerous line drawings.
Full magenta buckram, stamped on the front cover and spine in black and gilt [and] Quarter magenta buckram over marbled paper boards. Spine stamped in black and lettered in gilt. Housed together in the original black slipcase.
Les Fleurs du mal, or The Flowers of Evil is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. First published in 1857, it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism.
Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.