(MINIATURE BOOK). AVATI, Mario, illustrator. G. A. DASSONVILLE. ~ La Perle. Un Conte de Noel. Paris [Alain Guinhut and Ateliers Rigal], 1982.
60 × 45 mm (page size); 64 × 50 mm), pp. 24, with 6 mezzotint illustrations, plus a suite of all 6 illustrations. Loose as issued in red paper wrapper with circular cutout, red paper boards and slipcase.
First edition, number 6 of 8 copies with the extra suite, signed by artist and author, a total edition of 48. Avati (1921-2009) was a modern master of mezzotint printmaking and illustrated several books. The dark, velvety texture of his prints is shown to particular effect in these delightful miniatures for Dassonville’s Christmas story. He was awarded the Prix de la Critique for drawing and printmaking in 1957, a Gold Medal at the First International Exhibition of Graphic Art in Florence, and the Grand Prix of Arts of the City of Paris in 1981. He was a member of the Society of French painters and engravers.