Lynd Ward's Last Unfinished Wordless Novel
[Newark, NJ]: Rutgers University Libraries, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto [27.5 cm] in grey cloth with gilt-stamped title on backstrip. No jacket as issued. Minor bumping to top fore-edge corners of covers, else Fine. Publisher's erratum laid in. Twenty-six woodcuts by Ward. Near fine. Item #60103
This work includes a three page introduction by Michael McCurdy, and a five page description of the unfinished blocks by Michael Joseph. This edition was limited to 100 numbered copies and 25 lettered copies; this is copy 32.
From the introduction: "With the previously unprinted engravings found in this book, we experience a 1960s attempt by Lynd Ward at a novel in wood - some thirty years after Vertigo, his last published woodcut story. He planned a sequence of forty-four blocks, but only twenty-six were complete enough to be included here. Although we can see the same eye-catching compositional strength in these blocks that characterize Ward's early work, his human figures are no longer art deco, and the pictures take on an increased display of textures."