New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1934. First edition. Hardcover. 55pp. Small octavo [21 cm] Black cloth over boards with silver stamping. Moisture staining to the lower extremities of the half title page and p. 9. Else, the pages are clean. Bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown. In the dust jacket, with light soiling. Dance 062. Very good / very good. Item #64916
Illustrations from woodcuts by Lynd Ward. From the dust jacket- "Mary Austin has discovered and proved that prayer is one of the most effective instruments of action known to modern man. Her work with the American Indians, precipitated by a crisis in her own life, led her to conclusions about the art and science of praying that make this one of the most significant contributions to world knowledge."
Illustrator Lynd Ward was not only a talented printmaker, but he was a socially-conscious storyteller as well. "Gods' Man," a wordless novel and 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. According to Wards' bibliographer, Robert Dance, "Gods' Man," which appeared in November of 1929, when Ward was in his early twenties, "introduced American readers to a new literary structure in which pictures supplanted words as the narrative device."