The overall frame measures 8" x 10". The image is printed upon very thin Chine applique-type paper. The print has been professionally matted and framed. The image, sheet, matting, and frame are all in fine condition with no noticeable flaws, see photos. I have been unable to find how many of these wood engravings were produced or whether this was produced at the time of the original novel or later.I found one other example of this print that is owned by. Otherwise, I don't have a lot of other information. A beautiful production of this rare print from Ward's seminal work that spawned the modern graphic novel. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to see more pictures. Please take a look at my other signed, limited edition items for sale.
Gods' Man is a wordless novel by American artist Lynd Ward (19051985) 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 considered a precursor of the graphic novel, whose development it influenced. The artwork for Gods' Man is executed in black and white; the images vary in size and dimension, up to 6 by 4 inches (15 cm × 10 cm), the size of the opening and closing images of each chapter. Ward uses symbolic contrast of dark and light to emphasize the corruption of the city, where even in daylight the buildings darken the skies; in the countryside, the scenes are bathed in natural light. Ward exaggerates facial expression to convey emotion without resorting to words.Composition also conveys emotion: in the midst of his fame, an image has the artist framed by raised wineglasses; the faces of those holding the glasses are not depicted, highlighting the isolation the artist feels. The story parallels the Faust theme, and the artwork and execution show the influence of film, in particular those of German studio Ufa. The placement of the apostrophe in the title Gods' Man implies a plurality of gods, rather than Judeo-Christianity's monotheistic God. The item "LYND WARD Signed Limited Edition GODS' MAN PLATE 13 Wood Engraving MINT'Rally" is in sale since Sunday, March 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "bcp538" and is located in Sandy, Utah. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Brazil, France, Australia, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.