Paris: Édition Ollendorff, 1920. French edition, limited. SIGNED. Sextodecimo [17 cm] Blank wrappers in Masereel-designed olive jacket, with detached front panel and folds. In the publisher's original glassine wrapper, remarkably well preserved, with only light chipping to the edges. Ritter B a 11. Good. Item #64051
First edition of Flemish artist Frans Masereel's influential wordless novel told entirely through 83 wood block illustrations. The novel centers around the themes of inspiration and commitment. Number 734 in an edition limited to 800 printed on Volumineux Anglais, from a total edition of 878.
This copy inscribed by Masereel on front flyleaf to art critic Christian Zervos. Zervos founded the magazine "Cahiers d'art" (1926-1960) in Paris.