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    Lynd Ward. Mad Man's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith [1930].

    Limited first edition. Number 50 of 309 copies. Signed by the author on the limitation page. Octavo. Unpaginated. Full-page woodcuts.

    Black cloth with title label on spine and illustrated label on front cover. Gilt top edges. Illustrated endpapers. Minor wear on the binding and toning in the paper. Overall near fine. No dust jacket.

    While in first grade, Illinois-born Lynd Ward (1905-1985) decided to become an artist after discovering that his name, written backwards, spelled "draw." In 1929, he used the visual concept of telling an entire story using only woodcut illustrations. This graphic novel, God's Man-the first of its kind published in the U.S.-was followed by Mad Man's Drum (1930) and four subsequent woodcuts-only tales. Ward often combined his artistic innovations with political themes addressing labor, class, and racial issues. He also illustrated more than 100 children's books. This signed, special-edition volume is a stunning example of his 1930s engravings.


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