Limited Editions Club (LEC)

Flowers of Evil - inside pages

Flowers of Evil

Charles Baudelaire
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 organizations—publisher, 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 Baudelaire’s poems, designed by Charles Skaggs.
Flowers of Evil - English 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.  Flowers of Evil - French

White Fang

Jack London
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." White Fang - cover
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.

The Limited 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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