The Mnemosyne Atlas as published by Martin Warnke in a facsimile edition in 2000 consists of the last of three consecutively -- between May 1928 and October 1929 -- composed series. All three series draw on roughly the same pool of images but differ in both their sequence and their composition.
The so called ‘final’ series consists of 971 images. It is most advanced of the three and was, directly after Warburg’s sudden death, considered close to completion. In its known form the sequence contains minor posthumous modifications, made to establish a certain coherence with regard to numbers and order. The preceding two series run under the labels ‘first’ and ‘penultimate’; each of them was for Warburg ‘work in progress’ before he went on to record a new version. Notably the second series was heavily re-worked after the photo shoots.
The ‘final’ series consists of 63 panels. Their numbering goes up to 79, including three introductory panels, labelled ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C, which were to set out the theoretical pretence of Warburg’s atlas. Not only the gaps in the sequence, but also double-numbers indicate the preliminary state of the project.