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Complete (or near-complete) listings of a printmakers’ body of work, oeuvre catalogues, or catalogues raisonnés as they are known, are often the best source of descriptive information on prints. Although there is not a catalogue raisonné for every artist who made prints, below are two sources for identifying those catalogues that have been published.
Riggs, Timothy. The Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues of Prints by European and American Artists. Millwood, New York: Kraus International Publications, 1983. MD-84-783. This comprehensive listing of catalogues raisonnés of printmakers was published by the Print Council of America. They now maintain an online version, which is periodically updated; see the print-related Selected Internet Resources.
Gordon’s Print Price Annual. New York: M. Gordon, 1978-. MDCF 79-1170. This resource is also available online in the Prints and Photographs Study Room, see the print-related Electronic Resources. A compilation of auction print prices, Gordon’s includes an index of catalogues raisonnés by artist, followed by full bibliographic entries arranged by author.