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.

 Gods Man  by Lynd Ward A Novel in Woodcuts 5th edition 1930
Gods Man by Lynd Ward A Novel in Woodcuts 5th edition 1930
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Beowulf Illustrated by Lynd Ward Heritage Press 1939 Edition
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The Biggest Bear Ward Lynd Houghton Mifflin 1952
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Wild Pilgrimage A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward 1932
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Lynd Ward Wild Pilgrimage 1932 1st Edition
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1930 HOT COUNTRIES Alec Waugh Lynd Ward Woodcuts ART DECO Tahiti Ceylon
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1930 MADMANS DRUM A NOVEL IN WOODCUTS BY LYND WARD FIRST EDITION 1ST PRINTING
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The Innocent Voyage Richard Hughes Lynd Ward Illustrated 1944 Heritage Press
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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
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Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Giacomo Patri and Laurence Hyde
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