Fifth printing of this striking wordless novel, following an artist who sells his soul for a magic paintbrush.
Lynd Ward relates this dark and atmospheric story through the bold geometry of Art Deco. Influenced by German Expressionism and Frans Masereel, Ward's sequential wood engravings feature stark contrasts that add weight to the narrative. Ward's exaggerated perspectives would later be adopted by graphic novels and comics.
Read more: Pip Dickens, "Out of the Shadows... The Wordless Graphic Novels of Lynd Ward," Graphic Novels ReOPeN.
New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, (1930). Full title: God's Man: A Novel in Woodcuts. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards. Head edge stained black, fore-edge machine deckle. Black endpapers. Black-and-white pictorial title page with black-and-white illustrations throughout.  leaves, printed recto only. Ink gift inscription to first blank, dated "Christmas 1930." Bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown: "Ream's, Lancaster, PA." Some rubbing to edges and around spine plate; spine ands and corners somewhat bumped. Slight lean. Else sound and bright.
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