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 and spine label are age-toned, and the spine label is just starting to peel away from the backstrip. The extremities are lightly rubbed, and the underlying boards are peeking through at the bottom fore-edge corners. There are a two older gift inscriptions on the preliminary pages. Dance 002. Very good. Item #61859
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.