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General Print Catalogues


The following is a selective list of standard general print catalogues, which contain listings of prints by groups of artists, often of a single nationality and period.

Many of these books were published before the widespread use of photomechanical illustration methods, and therefore do not include images of the prints listed; it is noted below whether illustrations are included or not. Call numbers are for reference works located in the Prints and Photographs Study Room.

Multi-national Catalogues
Catalogues of American Prints
Catalogues of Dutch and Flemish Prints
Catalogues of French Prints
Catalogues of German prints

Multi-national Catalogues

Bartsch, Adam.  Le peintre-graveur. Vienna: J.V. Degen, 1803-05. Dutch and Flemish engravers, volumes 1-5; German, volumes 6-11; Italian, volumes 12-21.  Desk-MDD  Bartsch; MDD Bartsch.  Bartsch compiled the first broad-ranging catalogue of works by printmakers active before 1700, and remains the standard reference for many of the artists listed. As his title – “painter-engraver” -- suggests, his focus was on original as opposed to reproductive prints.

The Illustrated Bartsch. New York: Abaris Books, 1978-.  MDD+ 80-258. Ongoing publication; an illustrated re-edition of Bartsch’s Peintre-graveur, sometimes with the addition of commentary volumes of more in-depth information, as well as supplementary volumes covering the work of artists not included in the original Bartsch. 

Le Blanc, Charles.  Manuel de l’Amateur d’Estampes 1550-1820. Paris, 1854-89.  Desk-MDD Le Blanc; MDD Le Blanc.  Reprint: Amsterdam: G.W. Hissink & Co., 1970-71.  MDD Le Blanc. Using the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Le Blanc attempted to list all prints produced during this broad period. Although it  provides the most complete extant list of some less well-known artists’ work, the listings are generally incomplete.

Lehrs, Max. Geschichte und kritischer Katalog des deutschen, niederländischen und französischen Kupferstichs im XV. Jahrhundert. Vienna: Gesellschaft für vervielfältigende Kunst, 1908-34. MDN+ Lehrs. Catalogue of German, Netherlandish and French engravings from the first century of printmaking.

Schreiber, W.L. Manuel de l'amateur de la gravure sur bois et sur métal au XVe siècle. Berlin: A. Cohn, 1891-1911. MDB Schreiber and MDB++ Schreiber. Catalogue of woodcuts and metalcuts from the first century of printmaking; organized according to subject matter.

Catalogues of American Prints

Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. American prints in the Library of Congress; a catalog of the collection. Compiled by Karen F. Beall and the staff of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. With an introd. by Alan Fern and a foreword by Carl Zigrosser. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, [1970]. Desk-Prints Div. 72-295; MDBF US. Library of Congress. Provides a broad cross-section of American prints through the mid-20th century. Not by any means complete, as it is restricted to the collection of the Library of Congress, but nonetheless the most comprehensive published listing of the subject.

Peters, Harry. America on stone; the other printmakers to the American people; a chronicle of American lithography other than that of Currier & Ives ….  Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., 1931.  MDP+ Peters; Print Room Reserve+ Peters, H. T. America on stone; Milstein Division IAG+ Peters.

Stauffer, Daniel McNeely.  American Engravers upon Copper and Steel.  New York, 1907, with Supplement published by Mantle Fielding, Philadelphia, 1917.  MDDF Stauffer

Catalogues of Dutch and Flemish Prints

Hippert, T and J. Linnig. Le peintre-graveur hollandais et belge du XIXme siècle. Brussels: Olivier, 1874-79. MDDF Hippert and Linnig. Catalogue of prints by 19th-century Dutch and Belgian artists.

Hollstein, F.W.H. Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger, 1949-.  MDDF Hollstein. Illustrated. Hollstein is the standard reference for Dutch and Flemish prints up to 1700. Early volumes were partially illustrated, and more recent volumes include fully illustrated catalogues of printmakers’ work. The publisher continues to update the earlier volumes in The New Hollstein. Since 1996, they have also published a number of specialized volumes in their series Studies in Prints and Printmaking.

The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, 1450-1700.  Roosendaal, The Netherlands: Koninklijke van Poll in co-operation with the Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1993-. MDDF Hollstein, Dutch. Illustrated.

Catalogues of French Prints

Baudicour, Prosper de.  Le Peintre-Graveur Français Continué.  Paris: Mme. Bouchard-Huzard, et Leipzig, R. Weigel, 1859-61.  MDDF Baudicour. Continuation of the catalogue of prints by 17th-century French artists by Robert-Dumesnil into the 18th century.

Béraldi, Henri.  Le Graveurs du Dix-Neuviéme Siècle: Guide de l’Amateur d’Estampes Modernes.  Paris: L. Conquet, 1885-92.  MDD Béraldi; Desk MDD Béraldi. Catalogue of prints by 19th-century French etchers, engravers and lithographers; not always complete, but the only source of information for some printmakers.

Delteil. Loys.  Le peintre-graveur illustré. Paris: chez l’auteur, 1906-.  Volumes 1-31.  Desk MDD+ Delteil; reprint, Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré; the Graphic Work of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Artists, and Illustrated Catalog. New York: Collectors Editions, Ltd. Da Capo Press, 1969.  MDD+ Delteil. Illustrated catalogue of prints by some 25 artist-printmakers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Robert-Dumesnil, A.P.F. Peintre-Graveur Français.  Paris, 1835-71. MDDF Baudicour. Catalogue of prints by French artists born in the 17th century.

Catalogues of German prints

Hollstein, F.W.H. German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, ca. 1400-1700.  Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger, 1954-.  MDDF Hollstein, German. Illustrated. Hollstein is the standard reference for German prints up to 1700. Some illustrations were included in the early volumes, and more recent volumes include fully illustrated catalogues of printmakers’ work. The publisher continues to update earlier volumes in The New Hollstein.

The New Hollstein: German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, 1400-1700. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996.  MDDF Hollstein, German. Illustrated.