Item #66029 Madman’s Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts. Lynd Ward.

Madman’s Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts

New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1930. First trade edition (published simultaneously with signed limited edition). Hardcover. Unpaginated (258 pp). Printed and bound by Plimpton Press, Norwood, MA. Octavo. Black and white pictorial paper over boards. Paper label on spine. The spine is a little cocked and the cloth at the head of the spine is slightly frayed. The rear hinge is broken. There is a small loss from the bottom fore-edge corner of the front free endpaper. In a worn dust jacket, which has tape to the completely torn rear flap and along the front hinge, and is nearly torn in half through the center. Dance 005. Good / Fair. Item #66029

Madman’s Drum tells the story of a drum stolen from a murdered African during the slave trade and the curse this founding violence visits on generations of the slave runner’s family. Remarkably, the drama unfolds without a single word through a visual narrative of 118 wood engravings producing what Ward called a “novel in woodcuts.” In a traditional novel one sees the words and imagines the action. In a wordless novel, the converse: one sees the action and imagines the words. Madman’s Drum followed closely on the heels of Ward’s most famous wordless novel, Gods' Man (1929). Ward was to create six wordless novels by the end of the 1930’s and illustrated or designed covers for over 200 books across five decades of remarkable work. (Robert Dance. Illustrated by Lynd Ward. Norwich Vermont: Impermanent Press. 2015.).

Price: $400.00

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