Paris: The Limited Editions Club #129 of 1500 copies, 1940. Auguste Rodin. First Thus: Text in FRENCH; no ENGLISH. Wrappers. Small 4to (9" x 7"), gray wrappers with red lettering on the spine and front cover, glassine wrappers (within bookseller-provided protective Mylar sleeve); Preface by Camille Mauclair, illustrated by Auguste RODIN with 6 full-page gray-brown-black lithographs and 21 smaller in-text vignettes [many with tissue guards], [i-iv], [v: frontispiece, vi: blank], 1-278, [279, 280: blank] deckled pages, [281-284: Table des Illustrations & Colophon with limitation to 1500 numbered but not signed copies]. POEMS IN THE ORIGINAL FRENCH Many pages UNOPENED! Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #2711
The first edition of Les Fleurs du Mal by French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867) was published by Poulet-Malassis in 1857. One copy was illustrated by Rodin for Paul Gallimard. This edition is a facsimile of that work and authorized by Rodin. It has been printed on fine paper with several full-page multi-colored lithographs.
(A second expanded edition of Les Fleurs du Mal was also published by Baudelaire in 1861, which removed a few censored poems and added others. Thereafter, in 1866, some poetic fragments or "Scraps" were published as Les Épaves. And, soon after the poet's death, a comprehensive edition was published in 1869.)
Our copy is numbered but unsigned as was the entire 1500-copy edition. A hardcover edition was also published by the LEC with English translation facing the French poetry.
SUPERIOR CONDITION internally & externally. Most copies have tattered glassine and most have occasional light brown patches--perhaps foxing--caused by paper from wartime. Tight, bright copy with very occasional light foxing; virtually all of the original glassine wrapper is intact and in NEAR FINE condition as are the tissue guards. Many pages are very fresh because unopened!