Wonderful set of cards titled “Baudelaire” published by Lo Scarabeo, “dedicated to the poem ‘Les Fleurs du Mal,’” and featuring the celebrated designs of Lobel Riche. The World Web Playing Card Museum website states that the cards are made by Modiano (WWPCM #07213), but I don’t see anything on the cards or box to indicate it.
Baudelaire needs no introduction, but Lionel Riche is perhaps less well known. His etchings of Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs du Mal” were made in 1923 and are justifiably famous. At the Idbury Prints website there is a brief biography in English, where he is described as “a towering figure in French print-making” and “the artistic counterpart of the poetry of Baudelaire and de Musset,” whose art “is characterized by a troubled and troubling atmosphere of decadent sensuality.”
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus 5 extra cards describing the deck. The extra cards have the same words, but in 5 different languages. The cards are bridge size, measuring 88mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and box are “as new.”
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