Bon a Tirer means "good to pull." Once artists have completed a graphic from a finished plate, they'll ask their printer to pull one perfect graphic, then mark it Bon a Tirer (good to pull). Once completed, the printer will compare the graphic in the edition with the B.A.T. and then submit it to the artist for final approval and authentic signature.
When the artist is satisfied with the graphic from the finished plate, he works with his printer to pull one perfect graphic and it is marked "Bon a Tirer," meaning "good to pull." The printer then compares each graphic in the edition with the BAT before submitting the graphic to the artist for approval and signature. There is typically one BAT which becomes the property of the printer or workshop printing the edition.
This is a French term which translates as "Good Pull". It denotes that the print that has just been pulled can be used as a guide to match up the remainder of the prints that are pulled in the edition.
Also called BAT. A french term used for printer's meaning "good to print". Traditionally, this is the first good impression an artist approves for the master printer to use as the standard for the edition.
Best of the Edition in a the process of creating a print. There is only one of these as it is the final one of the Artist's Proofs, the model of perfection which the whole edition will be identical to. Generally, once the printing of the whole edition is over, the artist destroys the matrix so that no additional prints can be made