New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932. First edition. Hardcover. 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 spine is rolled, and the covers are mildly warped. The pictorial dust jacket is in very good condition, with moderate surface wear, and periodic small closed and open tears in the edges. The largest tear is open, along the bottom edge of the front panel, and measures 1/2" wide by 1/2" deep. There is a very small moisture stain on the dust jacket's spine. Dance 007. Item #46648
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.