New York: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, 1932. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo [24 cm] Full rust colored cloth with paper labels on the front board and the backstrip, and the publisher's black top stain. The spine is sunned and heavily rolled, and the boards are a bit splayed. The cloth at the spine ends is frayed, and the underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. With a contemporary gift inscription on the front free endsheet, and a small partial label on the rear pastedown. Very good minus. Item #47481
The author/illustrator's third wordless novel explores the social and economic realities of the Great Depression. Preceded by the artist's groundbreaking first two novels: God's Man (1929) and Madman's Drum (1930). 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 illustrator in high demand for the rest of his life, these early works find him at the absolute height of his creative and artistic powers.