MENPES, Mortimer (1855-1938)
War impressions : being a record in colour. (Edition de luxe).
/ by Mortimer Menpes ; transcribed by Dorothy Menpes. London : Adam & Charles Black, . Edition de luxe, limited to 350 numbered copies signed by the artist (this is number 208). Small square quarto, original gilt ruled half morocco over papered boards, spine in compartments with gilt lettering and ornament, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, first blank with ex libris of Nate B. Spingold, xiv, 254 pp, 99 full page colour plates reproducing Menpes’ artwork; very clean throughout, a fine copy.
Adelaide-born artist Mortimer Menpes worked as a war artist for the London weekly illustrated magazine Black and White during the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902). This magnificently produced book is a memoir of his war experience, profusely illustrated with his superb watercolours, sketches and paintings which vividly capture the scenes, sights and personalities of this military campaign.