Six volumes in five (22.5 cm), I: xxviii, 1088 pp. II: viii, 1121 pp. III: iv, 1144 pp. IV: iv, 1156 pp. V: vi, 436, 110 pp. Uniform publisher’s cloth. - “An unsurpassed reference work of permanent value, to identify artists who sign themselves only by their monogram or similar device. Literally thousands of them were book illustrators, hence the work’s importance for books. Nagler begins by giving an exact facsimile of the monogram(s); this is followed by the artist’s name, his biography and then a list of his works, frequently including a complete bibliography of books illustrated by him. Arrangement is alphabetical. The total number of main entries is 14,961; the number of monogram facsimiles must be well over 30,000” (publisher’s advertisement). Facsimile reprint of the Munich 1858 edition (vol. 5, index: Munich, G. Franz, 1879). Publisher’s retail price (for a subsequent reimpression, in 1991) €512 (www.brill.com; link). ¶ As new.