Intimate Journals

London and New York: The Blackamore Press and Random House. 1930.

First English edition, translated by Christopher Isherwood, limited to 400 copies of which this is number 175 so this is one of the 250 for sale jointly in the US and UK. Printed on Arches Paper. 8vo. 203x140mm. pp. 128. Frontispiece self-portrait and seven further drawings by Baudelaire reproduced by D. Jacomet and described in a note at the end of the book as "studies of introspection, at times as profound and as vital as certain passages of the Intimate Journals". Original blue cloth with Baudelaire's facsimile signature stamped in gilt to upper cover, spine lettered in gilt. Some staining to edges of boards and very slight bumping to corners, top edge gilt. Internally near fine, fore-edges and lower edges untrimmed. A very nice copy of this limited edition containing Baudelaire's piercing thoughts and observations: "The Beautiful is something intense and sad, something a little indeterminate, leaving scope for conjecture". T.S.Eliot's introductory essay was important in establishing Baudelaire's reputation as one of the principal influences on literary Modernism.

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