In Bread and Wine, a poetic work published in 1800, the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin answered doubts about the social function of poets during threatening times by asserting that only poets were capable of expressing truths that concerned not just their contemporaries, but also future generations. For the Les Heures Contées collection, the Alma Charta atelier presents an artist's booklet in which an excerpt from the German poet’s text, composed with Helvetica movable type placed on a printing press, translated into French, in a precious edition titled Il est trop tard, produced in a limited print run of fifty copies, numbered and signed, with the addition of five out of commerce copies, also signed and numbered. The publication is further enhanced by engravings on two kinds of copper by André Beuchat, with the author’s print run on a chalcographic press.
200 x 85 mm
Etching on two kinds of copper by André Beuchat, with a print run on a chalcographic press
Text composed with Helvetica movable type placed by a printing press
Black cardboard cover printed with wooden characters on vertical press
Edition in 50 signed and numbered copies plus 5 signed and numbered out of commerce copies
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