Les Fleurs du mal Seconde édition augmentée de trente-cinque poëmes nouveaux et ornée d'un portrait de l'auteur dessiné et gravé par Bracquemond.




Portrait frontispiece by Braquemond.

8vo (188 x 117mm.) [6], 219pp. Author's name and device on title printed in red, half-title, 20th-century blue half morocco over blue paper boards, original yellow printed wrappers bound in. 

Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise (S. Raçon printer), 1861.

Second edition, revised by the author with previously unpublished poems. A fine copy.

There were two celebrated literary brouhahas in Paris in 1857, one involving Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and the other involving Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal which was first published on 21 June 1857, in an edition of 1100 copies plus 20 special copies. The prosecution of the book led to copies being mutilated and to cancels being printed. Of the mutilated copies about 200 exist; those with the cancellantia are rare. Poulet-Malassis also kept back a number of un-mutilated copies which he reissued in 1858.

This second edition of 1861 was put on sale at the beginning of February 1861 at a price of 3 francs. The text comprises 100 poems found in 1857 (minus the six 'pièces condamnées') plus 31 poems published since the 1857 edition was put on sale (minus two items) and one new poem La fin de la journée. The ordering of the poems is different and what had been 5 divisions in 1857 is now 6. 

The portrait of the author, if less well known than the photograph by Nadar, is finely executed by the artist and engraver Félix Braquemond (833-1914) an important figure in the introduction of japonisme into France, and a close friend of Edmond de Goncourt as well as the publisher Poulet-Malassis. It had been intended that he should supply an allegorical frontispiece, but this was rejected by Baudelaire around 20 August 1860 'voici l'horreur de Braccquemond'.

Carteret, Romantique I, 123-4. Clouzot, 26-7. Talvart & Place I, 284. Vicaire I, 343.

Stock Code: 228544

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