Two Versions of Frankenstein Illustrated With Lynd Ward Wood Engravings. Two handsome volumes of a special edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus published by Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York, 1934. Each volume is 8vo (6.5" x 9.75") and illustrated throughout the text with Lynd Ward's wonderful wood engravings. While the contents of each volume are identical, the issue of binding differs significantly. One copy is bound in white cloth with a narrow black and blue Ward illustration of Frankenstein on the cover. This copy is housed in a light blue slipcase with a Ward wraparound illustration. The book is about fine but the slipcase is toned on the spine and has moderate shelf wear. The other copy is bound in blue cloth with a black and white Ward illustration on the cover. This copy was issued with a matching dust jacket. The internal contents are slightly toned, a former owner's name is written in ink on the ffep, else the book is near fine in a jacket that is chipped at the edges, especially the head and tail of spine, and is soiled in one or two places. Lynd Kendall Ward (1905-85) was an American artist and storyteller, and son of Methodist minister and prominent political organizer Harry F. Ward. He illustrated some 200 juvenile and adult books. In addition to wood engraving Ward also worked in watercolor, oil, brush, and ink, lithography and mezzotint.

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