Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire


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New York: Peter Pauper Press, 1958. First edition thus. 62pp. 7.5 x 4.5 inches. Hardcover. Text in English. Translated by Jacques Leclerq. Illustrated by Jeff Hill. Eight illustrations. Light-wear to jacket, edges rubbed, colour faded, one small tear, internally clean. A very good copy.  

Lovely illustrated edition of the French poet's classic work Les Fleurs du mal.

From the foreword,

'I can only suggest here Baudelaire greatness as a poet. He restored to language its deep-rooted incantatory and talismanic virtues. He opened up the whole worlds of the subconscious as a poetic theme. His technical virtuosity of image and music have made him a genius in any time.'

“I sit in the sky like a sphinx misunderstood, My heart of snow is wed to the whiteness of swans."

“Do you come from Heaven or rise from the abyss, Beauty?”

Category Poetry