BAUDELAIRE, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal. Cachan: Breger Frères, 1945.
Folio, unbound sheets in blue paper buff wraps, with chemise in cloth over paper-covered boards and leather label lettered in gilt to spine, housed in a matching card slipcase; loose as issued, with uncut edges; 20 original lithographs by Roger Schardner, each signed in pencil by the artist; printed 'Introduction à la decoration de ce livre ' leaf on brown paper inserted at front; pp. [iv], 327, [xi]; a fine copy, with slight staining to wraps, and leather label on chemise a touch rubbed; slipcase a little darkened to edges.
Limited edition, this copy numbered 120 of 150 printed on handmade Île-de-France paper.
Schardner was born in 1898 in France, the year after Baudelaire's most famous book of lyric poetry Fleurs du Mal was first published. He would therefore have grown up against the backdrop of a rapidly changing France, which, like the rest of modern Europe, was becoming increasingly industrial in the mid-19th century. Unlike Baudelaire, he is primarily known for his landscapes of the French countryside, mountain landscapes, and mystical buildings, although his work for this project is thematically dark, with a parliament of brooding owls, corpse brides, and spectral disembodied faces.