New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, May, 1930. Limited edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 144 images. Octavo [24.5 cm] Black cloth with paper label on front board and backstrip. Top edge gilt. Good plus. The spine and boards have large areas of heavy fading. There are several splits in the cloth at the ends of the spine. The longest split is horizontal and measures 1/2 inch long. There are several losses from the cloth along the top edge of the front board, leaving the underlying boards exposed. The covers are ever so slightly cocked, and the text block has dropped just a little bit. A large illustration from a newspaper has been mounted with tape to the front free endsheet. The inside margin of the front flyleaf has a long thin light stain. Light offsetting from the titles and illustrations on the opposite pages. Pages mildly tanned. The fore edge of one of the pages at the center has a small loss and a small closed tear. The illustrations are clean, and the book is sturdy. Item #32314
Signed by the author/illustrator on the limitation page. Ward's first and most popular work is a visual tale of a young artist and the creative process. A smashing success upon its release, it announced the arrival of a genius. This signed edition was limited to 409 copies, this is copy 229.