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 Baudelaires 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 Goodmanall on hand-made paper. These are the only Henri Cartier-Bresson's nude studies published to date. Who we are - D&D Galleries was founded in 1985. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the Provincial Bookfair Association of Great Britain (PBFA).Our inventory (largely English language only) is slightly eclectic and ranges from the 16th through the 20th centuries with sub-specialties in S. And Wing books, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, presentation and association material as well as 17th and 18th C. British history, sets and bindings. The item "Three Poems from Fleurs du Mal, Photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Signed LE, 1997" is in sale since Thursday, February 8, 2018.
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