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Menpes (Mortimer)

WAR IMPRESSIONS (De luxe edition signed by the author)

Published: Adam & Charles Black, London, 1901

Edition: First edition

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Being a record in colour, transcribed by Dorothy Menpes

First edition: 254 pages, colour frontispiece portrait of Lord Roberts, 98 plates - 90 in colour and 8 tinted, facsimile letters, all illustrations with captions on the tissue guards, all edges uncut, preliminary pages are detached, foxing on the page edges, cream cloth over bevelled boards with gilt title and decoration on the upper cover, titled gilt on the spine, a good copy.

Limitation reads: This edition de luxe is limited to three hundred and fifty copies of which this is no 273

Mortimer Luddington Menpes (22 February 1855 – 1 April 1938), was an Australian-born British painter, author, printmaker and illustrator. In 1900, after the outbreak of the Boer War, Menpes was sent to South Africa as a war artist for the weekly illustrated magazine Black and White.

He was also a pioneer, with Carl Hentschel (1864–1926), in the development of techniques to reproduce coloured art works in book form. His book, 'War Impressions', published in April 1901 by A. & C. Black, was the first book to faithfully reproduce art works in color, based on watercolors done by Menpes in South Africa, and therefore was the forerunner of all illustrated art books.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortimer_Menpes

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 4to (280 x210mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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