Titre : Charles Baudelaire/Tableaux Parisiens
Éditeur : Verlag von Richard Wiedbach
Date d'édition : 1923
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : New
12 dense pages on thick handmade paper, by Benjamin, as introduction to his translation "Über die Aufgabe des Übersetzers" (Rodenberg, 5.349). Benjamin’s second ever publication, green-yellow thick paper-covered boards. Crisp and immaculate. 500 copies made. Exceedingly rare. Benjamin is suddenly read and listed and mentioned and alluded to everywhere in the last decade, 10 years prior this attention was 10% as much, in the 60’s and 70’s hardly there at all when Suhrkamp (having issued in hardback only, his letters in the mid 60’s) published the green 1971 paperback "Art in the Age of it’s Mechanical Reproducibility". It was all wrong then as it is still now, but what thought (exclamation mark), what dialectics, what mystical materialism. Benjamin gets better and better though rarely "right," and that’s as rare in the philosophy of aesthetics as in the aesthetics of philosophy. Memorable. (Meanwhile, horrible little opportunists like Adorno, with their Nazi sympathies – recently come to light – and egocentric slickness, let alone their pro-American authoritarianism in the name of its opposite, get a lot more right, and oppress with their brilliance. There’s real beauty in Benjamin’s way of trying to come to grips with life and meaning.) As always (usually for women) early death triples the effect, and the affect. Though Baudelaire might be ready for reappraisal, there’s less than meets the eye. There’s still, after all the above, more than meets the eye with Benjamin. We’ve only ever seen two other copies of this book, one sold, one in real shabby condition without a proper cover. This copy is as new – and for once the overused term means not as, but is. N° de réf. du libraire INDE-C7084
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