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.

Wild Pilgrimage Lynd Ward First Edition first printing 1932
Wild Pilgrimage Lynd Ward First Edition first printing 1932
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IMPASSIONED CLAY Llewelyn Powys Woodcut by Lynd Ward First Edition 1931
IMPASSIONED CLAY Llewelyn Powys Woodcut by Lynd Ward First Edition 1931
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1930 MADMANS DRUM Lynd Ward Worldless Novel 118 WOODCUTS Slave Trader Curse
1930 MADMANS DRUM Lynd Ward Worldless Novel 118 WOODCUTS Slave Trader Curse
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MOLOCH Broadside signed by Allen Ginsberg and Lynd Ward
MOLOCH Broadside signed by Allen Ginsberg and Lynd Ward
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12 Vintage TASHA TUDOR MARGARET WISE BROWN LYND WARD ERIC CARLE Books ILLUS
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WARD Lynd Gods Man 1966 Illustrated 1st ed 125312
WARD Lynd Gods Man 1966 Illustrated 1st ed 125312
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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Lynd Ward Woodcuts High Grade
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Lynd Ward Woodcuts High Grade
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Edgar Lee MASTERS The SAGAMON 1942 1ST IN dj LYND WARD illus Rivers of America
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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts (Library of America, Nos. 210 & 211)
Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts (Library of America, Nos. 210 & 211)
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Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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The Biggest Bear
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Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri and Laurence Hyde
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