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 A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward Fourth Printing March 1930
GODS MAN A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward Fourth Printing March 1930
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Limited Editions Club 1932 The Cloister and the Hearth Lynd Ward signed
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Lynd Ward 1934 FIRST EDITION woodcut ILLUSTRATED
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Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls Signed Lynd Ward Limited Editions Club
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Lynd Ward First Edition 1930 Madmans Drum A Novel In Woodcuts Hardcover
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Lynd WardGods Man Madmans Drum Wild Pilgrimage Graphic Novel 2010 NEW
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Gods Man by Lynd Ward Novel in Woodcuts 1930 Hardcover 4th Printing
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LYND WARD Signed Limited Edition GODS MAN PLATE 13 Wood Engraving MINT Rally
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Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
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