My Book of Hours, 167 Designs Engraved on Wood by Frans Masereel
First American edition, limited to 600 copies signed and numbered by the artist, of which this is number 19. The longest and best-selling of Masereel's wordless novels, consisting of 176 captionless woodcut prints, My Book of Hours tells of the experiences of an early 20-century everyman in a modern city. An important precursor to the graphic novel.
Self-published: New York, 1922. In original printed paper boards. Narrow loss to boards at spine joints with a closed tear of paper at spine, still secure. Scattered soiling and shelfwear to boards. Binding tight, internally clean and fine.