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.

1931 CHING LI  DRAGONS Drawings by LYND WARD Fairy Tale BOOK
1931 CHING LI DRAGONS Drawings by LYND WARD Fairy Tale BOOK
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Madmans Drum by Lynd Ward Hard Bound First edition
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Lynd Ward Alec Waugh Hot Countries Illustrated First thus
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1965 NIC OF THE WOODS LYND WARD HARDCOVER FIRST EDITION DOG CANADIAN WOODS
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MAD MANS DRUM A NOVEL IN WOODCUTS by LYND WARD
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The Silver Pony A Story In Pictures by Lynd Ward
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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts (Library of America, Nos. 210 & 211)
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Lynd Ward: Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage
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Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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