Mad Man's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Harrison Smith
Date Published: 1930
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 33884
Octavo [21 cm] 1/4 black cloth with black and white illustrated paper covered boards, and an illustrated paper title label on the spine. Good. The extremities are darkened, bumped and rubbed. The boards are a bit bowed. Very minor staining to the top edge of the text block. There is a small loss from the head of the backstrip that measures 1 inch wide by just under 1/4 of an inch deep. There are several small chips in the cloth at the foot of the spine. The spine is rolled, and the spine label is creased, and is chipped at the edges. There is a numerical notation in red crayon on the front pastedown, and there is a bookseller's small label on the front free endsheet. The pages are browned, and the illustrations are lightly offset on the opposite pages. There are very occasional small, thin stains on the inside margins of the pages. The text block is cracked near the end, however the book is still sturdy.
Lynd Ward (1905 - 1985) was an American artist most famous for his wood engravings — in particular, his novels without words, in which he tells a story only with woodcuts. His style mixes Art Deco with German Expressionism.