Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith
Date Published: 1929
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 43297
SIGNED. Octavo [21 cm] 1/4 black cloth with illustrated boards and a paper title label on the backstrip. Publisher's black top stain. Black endpapers. Very good. The extremities are rubbed, with the underlying boards exposed at the corners. The paper on the spine and boards is age-toned. There are short splits in the cloth at the ends of the spine. The front hinge is a little soft. There are small losses from the top fore edge corners of the first two pages. The larger loss is from the front free endsheet, and measures 2" deep by 3/4" wide.
The first of Ward's six wordless novels that is told exclusively through 144 striking woodcut illustrations. Lynd Ward was not only a talented printmaker, but he was a socially-conscious storyteller as well. "Gods' Man," a modern morality play, was the work that built his reputation. It depicts the deadly bargaining of the soul that a struggling young artist is willing to make. This copy is inscribed by Lynd Ward on the half title page.