*screaming and banging of wood*
WARD, Lynd. Madman's Drum. A Novel in Woodcuts. New York: Jonathan Cape, 1930.
8vo. Original pictorial paper boards, the boards with a woodcut design by Ward, paper spine label; 118 woodcuts; upper edge black, lower untrimmed. Some light soiling to covers, spine faded to brown, with small previous ownership inscription to half-title, internally clean, a very good copy overall.
Ward's second wordless graphic novel tells the tale of a slave trader who incurs a terrible curse when he murders an African and steals their demon-faced drum. Madman's Drum is more ambitious in every respect than Ward's first novel, including his use of engraving techniques, the visibility of his outrage at social injustices and the scope of complexity in the plot.