New York: Random House, 1937. First edition. Hardcover. 230 images. Octavo [21 cm] in decorative black cloth, with publisher's black topstain and the elusive jacket. Chipping and short tears to toned jacket, 1.5" tear to jacket foot at front flap fold repaired on verso with scotch tape; toning to boards, rubbing to extremities, tiny tear to spine cloth at top; small ownership stamp on front free endpaper at foot, else interior crisp and unmarked. Very good / good. Item #54028
Vertigo was the sixth of Ward's great wordless novels. Vertigo tells the story of the Great Depression through three intertwining stories of greed, love, death and despair. 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.