Art Deco Ex Libris by Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward bookplate

Lynd Ward bookplate

This striking Art Deco bookplate entitled “Creation” and used by a certain David Adams is by Chicago-born Lynd Ward (1905 – 1985), the American artist and illustrator best known for his wood engraving and his work in launching the graphic novel in the United States.

Ward published six graphic novels starting with the Art Deco and Expressionist-inspired Gods' Man, which was released the week of the 1929 stock market crash, and went on to influence generations of artists in all fields including the Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.

His final graphic novel Vertigo was published in 1937 and he left one more incomplete wordless novel at the time of his death.

This particular ex libris is pasted into a 1931 First American Edition of The Waves by Virginia Woolf, published by Harcourt, Brace and Company.

1952 LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB LEC  Idylls of the King  SIGNED Lynd Ward
1952 LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB LEC Idylls of the King SIGNED Lynd Ward
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GODS MAN A NOVEL IN WOODCUTS BY LYND WARD SECOND PRINTING DECEMBER 1929
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Easton Press 100 Greatest Books Lord Jim Joseph Conrad Lynd Ward Illustrated
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Lynd Ward Wild Pilgrimage 1932 1st Edition
Lynd Ward Wild Pilgrimage 1932 1st Edition
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Frankenstein 1934 Mary Shelley LYND WARD Illustrations
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1930 MADMANS DRUM A NOVEL IN WOODCUTS BY LYND WARD FIRST EDITION 1ST PRINTING
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Rare 1934 1st editionIllustrated by Lynd Ward
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1952 THE BIGGEST BEAR CALDECOIT MEDAL LIBRARY EDITION LYND WARD DUST JACKET
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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
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Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri and Laurence Hyde
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Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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