Paris: Poulet-Malassis et de Broise, 1861.
Second edition. Portrait frontispiece etching by Félix Bracquemond, avec la lettre. [vi], 319,  pp., with half-title. 8vo. Contemporary calf, border of triple-ruled gilt fillet and blind-stamped floral tool, spine with raised bands, small gilt tools in compartments, a.e.g. Light wear to extremities, foxing to preliminary leaves, occasional light foxing thereafter. Bookplate. Carteret I, p. 124. Item #312741
Second edition, and the final lifetime edition, of Les Fleurs du mal, Baudelaire's masterpiece of modern alienation and despair. The six suppressed poems from the 1857 edition are omitted, but the text is augmented ("rajeuni, accru et fortifié" in Baudelaire's words) by 35 new poems composed in 1859-60. The frontispiece portrait of Baudelaire is by Félix Bracquemond, who also composed for the first edition an unpublished allegorical frontispiece representing the seven deadly sins. "Les Fleurs du mal records, in poetry in which lyricism and irony are fused, the quest of divided modern man for an 'ideal'—variously sought in art, eroticism, travel, drugs, and political, social, and metaphysical revolt—that forever eludes him, plunging him back into the agony of isolation and despair that Baudelaire called 'spleen'" (Oxford Companion to Literature in French).
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