(Saint Maurice d'Etelan), L'Air du Temps, [Pierre Bettencourt], 1948.
Large 8vo, publisher’s embossed wrappers printed in red and black, untrimmed. 52 pp., (6) pp. Complete.
One of 30 reimposed copies numbered 1-30 of a total issue of 250 numbered copies on Arches.
Known mainly as a painter, the French artist Pierre Bettencourt (1917-2006) was also typographer, publisher, illustrator, poet and writer of numerous short texts, many of which illustrated, set up and printed by himself at “L’Air du temps”, his legendary printing house in Saint-Maurice d’Etelan, Normandy. Apart from his own works, he published, with the same superior handmade printing quality, works of Henri Michaux, Jean Paulhan, Antonin Artaud, Jean Dubuffet, André Gide, Francis Ponge and others, all in very limited number of copies (less than 300). His work as a printer has been acclaimed as “talking typography”. He stopped printing in 1962 but continued writing and painting. As a visual artist he created (among other works) large mosaics made of natural materials: eggshells, butterfly wings, dry seeds, coffee or corn beans, etc.