05.06.2017 - New book about stamp engraver Martin Mörck

One of the largest go-to sources for collectors worldwide, the Danish firm Nordfrim in Otterup, has recently published a book called ‘By Mörck. The handsomely bound hardcover book is written by John Nordstrom. By Mörck is a biography of the Swedish-born artist Martin Mörck, who has completed engraved illustrations for more than 830 stamps issued by countries throughout Scandinavia and the rest of the world, including the United States and Canada. That makes him the world’s most prolific living stamp engraver. The book revolves around Martin Mörck's work with steel engravings for stamps and bank notes. The reader will find images and text from the sources that have inspired his work, from the actual production of stamps and from some of the processes where Martin Mörck has collaborated with other artists - such as Bjørn Nørgaard, Olafur Eliasson, Finn Nygård and Claus Carstensen. The book shows examples of how meticulously Martin Mörck works and how crafted, overwhelming and fascinating the steel engraving process is. Everything is done by hand with special tools made from Swiss steel, Martin's rock-steady hand scratching designs onto steel under the magnifier. Engraving is an art that is rooted in the Late Middle Ages almost 1.000 years ago. Martin Mörck has been working as an engraver, illustrator and artist since 1978, with stamps and bank notes making up the main body of his work. Several of the more than 830 Mörck stamps in existence today have been printed in more than 50 million copies each, making Martin one of the most widely published artists in the world. The whole world is Martin Mörck's playground. He was born and raised in Sweden to a Swedish textile artist mother and a Norwegian graphic artist father. Today, he lives on a small island off the Gothenburg Archipelago.
By Mörck is a hardbound book comprising 264 pages. It is written in English. The book is available for $46.75 plus $7 shipping from Nordrfrim in Otterup (Danmark). The email address is The Nordfrim website has an English language option, and the book can be located by entering “Nordstrom” (the author’s last name) into the search box.