FIRST APPEARANCE OF THREE POEMS BY BAUDELAIRE

Hommage à C. F. Denecourt. Fontainebleau. Paysages – Légendes – Souvenirs – Fantaisies.

Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette & Co., 1855.

8vo, pp. [iv], 368; a few minor spots and stains, but a very good copy, uncut in the original printed wrappers, small tear to head of spine; in a folding cloth box.

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First edition of this anthology compiled by Fernand Desnoyers and Auguste Luchet, published in honour of the self-appointed keeper of the forest of Fontainebleau, Claude-François Denecourt. It includes texts by Asselineau, Banville, Baudelaire, Béranger, Brizeux, Champfleury, Dupont, Gautier, Hugo, Janin, Lamartine, Monselet, Murger, Musset, Nerval, Sand, and others.

The anthology includes four early poems by Baudelaire, two in verse and two prose poems, preceded by an introductory letter from Baudelaire to Fernand Desnoyer discussing poetry and nature. The two poems in verse were later incorporated into Les Fleurs du Mal (1857): ‘Le Crépuscule du soir’ (first published in 1852 in ‘La Semaine théâtrale) and ‘Le Crépuscule du matin’ which appears here for the first time. The prose poems, ‘Le Crépuscule du soir’ and ‘La Solitude’ are both first appearances, and were later incorporated into Le Spleen de Paris (1869), with substantial variations. These are the first of Baudelaire’s prose poems to be published, and it is one of the few instances where the poet publishes verse and prose poems side by side.

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