Gods' Man

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Gods' Man is a wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (1905-1985) first published in 1929. In 139 captionless woodblock prints it tells the Faustian story of an artist who signs away his soul for a magic paintbrush.Gods' Man was the first American wordless novel, and is seen as a precursor of, and influence on, the development of the graphic novel. Each image moves the story forward by an interval Ward chooses to maintain story flow. This new edition of Gods' Man features two essays by Ward and a new introduction by noted American wood engraver Barry Moser. Also included are reproductions of covers of other Ward books, other artwork, and photographs from the Ward Family, most never before published. This large, 8 12 reprint of the legendary novel without pictures is the first stand-alone, hardcover reprint of this book in nearly 70 years. With a dustjacket printed on Mohawk paper, full cloth binding, front board pastedown image, some nice touches with blindstamping, sewn binding, head and tail bands, and ribbon marker, the edition is limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.

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The woodblock, whether cut with a knife or engraved, develops its image by bringing details out of darkness into the light. This seems to give it an advantage over ways of working that start with an empty white area. In a sense, what is happening is already there in the darkness, and cutting the block involves letting only enough light into the field of vision to reveal what is going on. .... The measuring stick, if anyone is making a list of what is or is not a pictorial narrative, is whether the communication of what is and what is happening is accomplished entirely or predominantly in visual terms. .... It has always been a matter of some surprise to me that this process can go on for a considerable period and all take place silently. I hear no sound; there is never a word spoken.

- excerpt from Storyteller Without Words - the Wood Engravings of Lynd Ward 1974, Harry N. Abrams Publisher

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The most important work of American artist and illustrator Lynd Ward, Gods' Man is a powerfully evocative novel, told entirely through woodcuts. Ward (1905–85), in employing the concept of the wordless pictorial narrative, acknowledged his predecessors the European artists Frans Masereel and Otto Nückel. Released the week of the 1929 stock market crash, Gods' Man was the first of six woodcut novels that Ward produced over the next eight years. It presents the artist's struggles in a world characterized by both innocence and corruptions and can be considered a forerunner of the contemporary graphic novel, popularized by artists such as Daniel Clowes.
Although best known for his "novels in woodcuts," Ward was also a successful illustrator of children's books. In 1953 he won the Caldecott Medal for The Biggest Bear, which he both wrote and illustrated. His illustrations also appeared in numerous books that received the Newbery Medal. Ward's final work was the acclaimed wordless novel The Silver Pony (1973).
Until now, Gods' Man has only been widely available in high-priced original editions. This top-quality, low-cost republication of Ward's masterpiece will be welcomed by collectors of his work as well as by readers new to his achievement.
Dover (2004) unabridged republication of the edition published by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York, 1929.

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Book Description Centipede Press, Lakewood, CO, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Lynd Ward (illustrator). Limited Edition. SIGNED: Quarto [29 cm] Black cloth over boards with a silver stamped title on the spine, and a brown and white pictorial label on the front cover. Black endpapers. Cover design by Jacob McMurray. Limited edition page at back of book includes the copy number (43) as well as fascimile Lynd Ward signature and authentic signature by Barry Moser. From publisher website: Gods' Man is a wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (1905-1985) first published in 1929. In 139 captionless woodblock prints it tells the Faustian story of an artist who signs away his soul for a magic paintbrush.Gods' Man was the first American wordless novel, and is seen as a precursor of, and influence on, the development of the graphic novel. Each image moves the story forward by an interval Ward chooses to maintain story flow. This new edition of Gods' Man features two essays by Ward and a new introduction by noted American wood engraver Barry Moser. Also included are reproductions of covers of other Ward books, other artwork, and photographs from the Ward Family, most never before published. This large, 8 × 12 reprint of the legendary novel without pictures is the first stand-alone, hardcover reprint of this book in nearly 70 years. With a dustjacket printed on Mohawk paper, full cloth binding, front board pastedown image, some nice touches with blindstamping, sewn binding, head and tail bands, and ribbon marker, the edition is limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.Edition Information: Signed by Barry Moser with a Ward Family-approved signature by Lynd WardLimited to 300 copies.Gorgeous dustjacket.Oversize format, nearly 8 × 12 inches.Two essays by Lynd Ward.Introduction by Barry Moser.Rare artwork by Lynd Ward.Photographs from the Ward Archives, never before published. Seller Inventory # 51323

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