BAUDELAIRE, Charles. Les fleurs du mal. Paris: Michel Lévy, 1868/69.
2 parts in one. 8o (178 x 113 mm). Engraved portrait-frontispiece by Nargeot, 9 engravings before letters by Odilon Redon on chine, extra illustrated with 8 portraits and 12 engravings (2 by Felician Rops and 10 by Alex. Hannoteau). Brown morocco over bevelled wooden boards, by CHARLES MEUNIER(1866-1948), painted cuir-cisele panel inset on upper cover showing Death as a skeleton whose outstretched arms are foliated branches, standing among thistle leaves and flowers, and a list of the seven deadly sins in Latin along the sides "superbia, avaritia, invidia, ira, luxuria, gula, pigritia seu acedia,"the design based on the frontispiece by Felicien Rops for Les épaves, turn-ins gilt, brocade doublures and liners, marbled inner endleaves, edges gilt, original gray wrappers bound in (Upper joint with one in. split, some light rubbing.) Provenance: Samuel Putnam Avery (bookplate).
First separate edition of the suppressed poems not found in the first edition, first collected edition, first volume (of 7) with an introduction by Theophile Gautier. Carteret, I, 129. Vicaire, I, 349.