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.

 Mad Mans Drum  Lynd Ward Novel in Woodcuts First Edition HC Book 1930
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LOT 3 BEOWULF 1939 HERITAGE PRESS LYND WARD Prince  Pauper Prohet Slipcases
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FRANKENSTEIN MARY SHELLEY  1934 Illus LYND WARD Wood Engravings 1st Edition
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Gods Man Lynd Ward NEW Hand numbered 254
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Stranger In The Pines By May MCNeer Lynd Ward 1st Ed 1st P SIGNED BY BOTH
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Autographed Gaudenzia Pride of the Palio Marguerite Henry Lynd Ward 1960 1st ED
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Frankenstein The Lynd Ward Illustrated Edition by Shelley Mary
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Beowulf Lynd Ward woodcuts Heritage Press
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