Crafers West, Stuart Gallery Publications, 2012.
Folio, three volumes, 302, 367 and 269 pages with hundreds of illustrations (many in monochrome or colour).
Papered boards; a fine set with the fine dustwrappers.
The first volume is signed and numbered by the author; this is set number 328 (the upper limit is not stated, but we know it to be 500). A catalogue raisonne of the etched works of the Australian-born British artist Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938), considered one of the greatest artists working in London in the late nineteenth century. With Whistler, Menpes was a leader of the Painter-Etcher movement and a founding member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. This fully-illustrated catalogue provides full details of over 700 of his etchings (one to a page), from the beginnings of his etching career, through his time with Whistler in the 1880s, to his travels to Japan and elsewhere, and his society portraiture activities. The catalogue also includes details of his influences and method of working, with full documentation of the exhibition history of his works and his unique inventory numbering system.