War Impressions

MENPES, Mortimer (illustrator). Dorothy MENPES (transcribed by). War Impressions.

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MENPES, Mortimer (illustrator). Dorothy MENPES (transcribed by). War Impressions. London; Adam and Charles Black. 1903.

Large 8vo., original mid-green cloth attractively panelled in grey to spine and upper cover and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. xiv + 254 + [ii], including 16pp. facsimile letters; with a total of 99 coloured plates protected by captioned tissue-guards and a pull-out chart tipped in to the rear; externally fine, internally near fine, with browning to endpapers and a previous owner's armorial bookplate, and inscription, to front pastedown endpaper.
Second edition, of only 1500 copies; first published in 1901. War Impressions is Mortimer Menpes’ personal account of his time spent in South Africa during the Boer War, and was the very first title in A. & C. Black’s Twenty Shilling Series. This same retail price was maintained for twenty years. This is generally thought to be the first title in the canon to employ the newly-invented three-colour process, marking a change of direction for the firm, and setting a pattern for all the A. & C. Black books to come. Inman 85a.