Place Published: New York
Publisher: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
Date Published: 1932
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 46885
Octavo [24 cm] Salmon colored cloth with a title label on the backstrip, and an illustrated paper label on the front board. The top edge has the publisher's black stain. Fore and bottom edges deckled. Very good. The covers are a bit concave, there is a slight lean to the spine, and the spine ends are gently bumped. With a previous owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown, and a contemporary owner's name and brief inscription on the front free endsheet. In a very good minus dust jacket, with mild rubbing and creasing, and periodic small closed and open tears in the edges (one tape repair on the reverse). The deepest tear is closed, and measures 1 1/4" long. There are several minor instances of soiling on the panels. Dance 007.
The author/illustrator's third wordless novel explores the social and economic realities of the Great Depression. In this work Ward used a a two color system, rust colored for the thoughts of the protagonist, and black for the crumbling world around him. Ward produced six wordless novels between 1929 and 1937, and although Ward continued to be an in demand illustrator for the rest of his life, these early works find him at the absolute height of his creative and artistic powers. A copy of this masterpiece in the elusive jacket.