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Le Spleen de Paris: Poèmes en Prose

Baudelaire, Charles; Louise Hervieu (Illustrations by)

Published by Éditions de la Banderole, Paris, 1922
Condition: g+. Soft cover
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1/441. Quarto. [10], 168, [4]pp. Uncut. Half vellum over marbled paper covered boards, with black lettering on spine. Original wrappers bound in. This volume is a delightful illustrated edition of "Le Spleen de Paris," a collection of 51 short prose poems by Charles Baudelaire. The collection was published posthumously in 1869 by Baudelaire's sister, and is associated with the modernist literary movement. Baudelaire mentions he had read Aloysius Bertrand's "Gaspard de la nuit" (considered the first example of prose poetry) at least twenty times before starting this work. Though inspired by Bertrand, Baudelaire's prose poems were based on Parisian contemporary life instead of the medieval background which Bertrand employed. He told about his work: "These are the flowers of evil again, but with more freedom, much more detail, and much more mockery." Indeed, many of the themes and even titles from Baudelaire's earlier collection "Les Fleurs du Mal" are revisited in this work. These poems have no particular order, have no beginning and no end and they can be read like thoughts or short stories in a stream of consciousness style. The point of the poems is 'to capture the beauty of life in the modern city,' using what Jean-Paul Sartre has labeled as being his existential outlook on his surroundings. Accompanying Baudelaire's prose poems are numerous full-page illustrations by Louise Hervieu, and engraved on copper by Schutzenberger. One of 441 copies, of which this is copy No. 244. Moderate shelf wear, with minor foxing and soiling on binding. Pages slightly age-toned throughout. Text in French. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 36544

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Title: Le Spleen de Paris: Poèmes en Prose

Publisher: Éditions de la Banderole, Paris

Publication Date: 1922

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g+.

Edition: Limited edition.

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