First Catalan translation of Baudelaire’s »Les Fleurs du Mal«, illustrated in Art Deco style, no. 12 of 300, 1926


Charles Baudelaire: Flors del mal. With 19 full-paged lithographies by Xavier Güell. No. 12 of 300 numbered copies. Folio, with the original blurb. Barcelona: 1926.

Charles Baudelaire, Xavier Güell (Illustr.): Flors del mal. Traducció Rossend Llates. With 19 full-paged lithographic illustrations, as well as ornamental frames and vignettes after pen and ink drawings by Xavier Güell. Barcelona: Llibreria Catalònia (Antoni Lòpez Llausás), 1926.

Folio (36:27 cm). 28 not numbered leaves. Lithography on coated paper, bound in the original publisher's wrappers with black end red title printing incorporating 2 of Güell's vignettes on front and read side.

No. 12 of an edition of 300 copies on coated paper of this first Catalan translation of Baudelaire's »Les Fleurs du Mal«, strinkingly illustrated in a decadent Art Deco style by Xavier Güell.

Edition: Attached is the original blurb made of laid paper and water-marked »Ingres-Guarro«, which contains the imprint and the numbering referring to the print run of 300 copies, also stated by Palau.

Provenance: Josep Monés (1918-194), a Catalan jeweller an bibliophile, with his pictorial lithographed ex-libris (a hommage to his deceded teckel) and his library label at the inner side of the rear cover.

Condition: Spine with minor faults, cover with some shelf wear and tears at margins, as well as some minor staining, inside very well preserved indeed. Rarity, Holdings: Of outstanding rarity, particularly in trade. RBH quotes only 2 copies sold at auctions (2022, 2018), none of them with the blurb. WorldCat locates 7 copies worldwide in institutional holdings, where of only one outside of Spain (Paris, BnF).

Reference: Palau 25639.