Limited Editions Club (LEC)
Flowers of Evil
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1971
The production of books such as those done by The Limited Editions
Club, requires coordination and cooperation among a group of people
and organizationspublisher, designer, typesetter, printer,
illustrator, author, and bookbinder.
|These projects take time, as evidenced by the dates on a correspondence
and printed proof pages for this bilingual edition of Baudelaires
poems, designed by Charles Skaggs.
||The two-color page proof is dated by Skaggs July 30,
1969. His proposal called for the English text to be printed in black
ink and the French in purple. Ultimately, this two-color design was
abandoned; the book was issued in two volumes, each containing the
text in only one language.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1973
"The Monthly Letter of
The Limited Editions Club," August 1973, which announces and
describes this book, states the following about the designer:
| "The superb
typographical grooming of our edition of White Fang is the accomplishment
of designer Charles E. Skaggs, 'an afficionado of the letter.'… The
cloth has been printed with an all-over fir-tree pattern drawn by
Mr. Skaggs in the spirit of our artist’s illustrations. His title
lettering is to be stamped on the spine in metallic leaf."
|Skaggs designed a number of other books for The Limited Editions
Club. His first book for the Club—A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s
Court (1946)—is on display here.
Editions Club’s books have always been printed and bound by various
commercial and fine presses. White Fang was printed by the Stinehour
Press in Lunenberg, Vermont.
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