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Masson. Boissonnas, Edith

Alès. P[ierre]. A[ndré]. B[enoit]. 1959
From the edition limited to 59 numbered copies on vélin d'Arches, with this one of 50 signed and numbered by the publisher in pencil and signed by the artist in red crayon.

This is the first of six books that Masson illustrated for Pierre André Benoit, known as PAB.

'Celui-ci fut le premier des six livres que Masson réalisa avec le poète-imprimeur 'PAB', Pierre André Benoit. Ce dernier s'était spécialisé dans la publication de livres de petit format, les 'minuscules', comme il aimait à les appeler lui-même. C'était le plus petit format jamais employé par Masson ... Ce fut le seul ouvrage d'Edith Boissonnas illustré par Masson.' (Cramer).

[Cramer 44].
[6 bifolia]. Square 12mo. (136 x 136 mm). Two blank leaves, leaf with printed title recto, leaf with dry-point engraving by Masson recto as frontispiece, four leaves with Boissonnas' verse recto and verso, leaf with second dry-point engraving by Masson recto, leaf with justification recto, two blank leaves; André Masson's original dry-point engravings were executed on celluloid. Loose as issued in publisher's cream printed wrappers with titles to front cover in black, later maroon cloth box.