Madman's Drum. Lynd Ward.
Madman's Drum
Madman's Drum

Madman's Drum

New York, NY: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Lynd Ward. This is the original first edition/first printing of the novel in woodcut by Lynd Ward (1905-1985). Ward's series of novels in woodcuts, of which this is the second, are now in the canon of the Library of America as a two-volume boxed set. Among those inspired by Ward's wordless novels in pictures was Allen Ginsberg, & Ward illustrated a section of Ginsberg's Howl for a broadside in 1978. This copy of Madman's Drum is signed by the author/artist on the half-title page. A classic, highly influential work by the great American storyteller-in-pictures. Book in near-fine condition with only very light wear to edges & corners of pictorial boards & cloth spine; fading black dye, mild rubbing of trimmed upper edge of text block; browning of other, untrimmed edges; interior very fine except for light browning around edges of page leaves; gift inscription to previous owner in black ink dated January, 1964 on first blank browned-white page; minor rubbing to black front & rear endpapers. Unrestored dust jacket in fair condition, though relatively good for such a vintage, fragile item: Browning, rubbing & moderate soiling of front, back covers & spine; wear & light chipping along all edges & corners; one short closed vertical tear & creases along upper edge of front cover; upper & lower edges of spine chipped with minor loss; closed vertical tear of approx. 2" along upper right edge of spine; short tears along upper & lower edges & corners of back cover, mostly closed or with very minor loss; creasing at same. Near Fine / fair. [Item #2202]

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