New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1929. First trade edition. Hardcover. Octavo [21 cm] 1/4 black cloth over illustrated boards with a paper label on the backstrip. Publisher's black top stain. Black endpapers. The covers are cocked, the spine and boards are toned, and the cloth at the head of the backstrip is lightly frayed. Dance 002. Very good. Item #55304
The first of Ward's six wordless novels that is told exclusively through 144 striking woodcut illustrations. Lynd Ward was not only a talented printmaker, but he was a socially-conscious storyteller as well. "Gods' Man," a modern morality play, was the work that built his reputation. It depicts the deadly bargaining of the soul that a struggling young artist is willing to make.