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.

The Silver Pony LYND WARD vintage beautifully illustrated WORDLESS book 1973 2nd
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Lynd Ward Vertigo A Novel in Woodcuts Random House 1st Ed 1937
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Wild Pilgrimage Lynd Ward Hardcover Dustjacket 1960 World Publishing Woodcuts
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FRANKENSTEIN By Mary Shelley 1934 Illustrated By Lynd Ward
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Gods Man A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward English Paperback Book
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Song Without Words LYND WARD Signed Limited First Edition 1936 Copy 127 1250
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Lord Jim Joseph Conrad Limited Edition Club signed by Illustrator Lynd Ward
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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)
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Lynd Ward: Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Wild Pilgrimage
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