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 1930 First Edition 4th Printing
Gods Man A Novel in Woodcuts by LYND WARD 1930 First Edition 4th Printing
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Lynd Ward Leonard Clark 1953 First Edition + Dust Jacket Rivers Ran East
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Victor Hugos Les Miserables Signed by Lynd Ward Limited Editions Club 1938
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Easton Press Leather Beowulf Illustrated Lynd Ward Translation Leonard
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Vintage Scholastic TW The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
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Mary Shelley FRANKENSTEIN Lynd Ward 1934 Engravings Hardcover 2010 Fall River
Mary Shelley FRANKENSTEIN Lynd Ward 1934 Engravings Hardcover 2010 Fall River
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The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
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1946 Americas Paul Revere Esther Forbes Lynd Ward Vintage HC Chldrens Classic
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Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
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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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Mad Man's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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