Mad Man's Drum
Author: Lynd Ward
Illustrator: Lynd Ward
WARD, Lynd. Mad Man’s Drum. A Novel in Woodcuts. NY: Jonathan Cape . 8vo, pp. Pictorial boards with black cloth spine with pictorial paper label. Black endpapers; b&w woodcuts on every leaf. Bookplate. Spine ends, corners, and edges lightly rubbed, else a clean, tight copy.
First edition. The second of Ward’s six wordless novels in woodcuts, told in 118 images that detail the story of a slave trader who steals a demon-faced drum from an African man he murders, and the consequences for him and his family. Blending Art Deco and Expressionist styles, Ward’s ground-breaking novels are considered some of the pioneering examples of the graphic novel form.