Here on offer is a very nice two volume set of Charles Baudelaire's controversial work of poetry, The Flowers of Evil, presented here in a French and English translation. Published by The Limited Editions Club in 1971, this set is #648 of 1500 copies produced for subscribers. The English volume is signed by the artist, Pierre-Yves Trémois. The books were printed by the Press of A.Vernon, NY and bound in buckram. The books are presented in, and protected by, a handsome two volume slipcase. Most of the books were beautifully illustrated with original artwork by leading book illustrators. In most cases, the illustrators handsigned each copy of the books that they illustrated for the LEC. Les Fleurs du mal French pronunciation:? Dy mal; English: The Flowers of Evil is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. The poems in Les Fleurs du mal frequently break with tradition, using suggestive images and unusual forms. The poems deal with themes relating to decadence and eroticism, particularly focusing on suffering and its relationship to the original sin, disgust toward evil and oneself, obsession with death, and aspiration toward an ideal world. Les Fleurs du mal was highly influential toward several notable French poets, including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, and Stéphane Mallarmé.
Judicially condemned in 1857 as offensive to public morality, The Flowers of Evil is now regarded as the most influential volume of poetry published in the nineteenth century. Torn between intense sensuality and profound spiritual yearning, racked by debt and disease, Baudelaire transformed his own experience of Parisian life into a work of universal significance. With his unflinching examination of the dark aspects and unconventional manifestations of sexuality, his pioneering portrayal of life in a great metropolis and his daring combination of the lyrical and the prosaic, Baudelaire inaugurated a new epoch in poetry and created a founding text of modernism. The above text was taken, respectively, from Wikipedia and Bloomsbury USA (via Google Books).United Kingdom: Bloomsbury USA, 2016. This handsome boxed set would be a worthy addendum to your collectible books library. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "secondhandsomebooks" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.