Three Poems from Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
4 Photogravures by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Limited Edition, 1997, 83 of 300
Signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson
This is a signed limited edition of "Three Poems from Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil)” published by the Limited Edition Club in 1997 with a limitation of 300 copies this being number 83. From the publisher: “When Baudelaire published the first edition of Les Fleurs du mal in 1857, the subject matter and the style touched off a scandal. The resulting outcries from some critics and his defense by others led to Baudelaire’s trial for obscenity. He was ordered to pay a 300 franc fine and exclude six poems from the book. (Even his mother thought the poems were blasphemous.) Today, we can appreciate how Baudelaire extended the subject range of poetry. Inspired by Baudelaire’s images, Henri Cartie- Bresson has chosen three poems from Les Fleurs du mal to illustrate with four photogravures. Among those banned in 1857 was “Les Promesses d’un visage” (“What a Pair of Eyes Can Promise.”) In the original French, with the English translation on facing pages.”
Measuring approximately 14.5” by 13.5”, the book is hand bound in full red cloth with printed paper label inset housed in a matching cloth clamshell box lettered in black. To produce the photogravures, each of Cartier-Bresson’s negatives was transferred to a copper plate using gelatin-coated paper. This photogravure process is complex and painstaking but can reveal details unseen in the negatives. Gravure plates were made and the prints editioned by Jon Goodman—all on hand-made paper. These are the only Henri Cartier-Bresson's nude studies published to date.
The book and slipcase are in FINE condition. The book has been signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page.
Photographs of the book and clamshell box as well as some of the contents from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.