book gods man

See the book.  Let’s take a look.  😀


This is one of the most unusual books in my collection.  It is a book without words.  The story is told via woodblock prints.  The prints are rather easy to “read” as they tell a story of an artist who sells his soul to the devil for a magic paintbrush.  It does lead to fame and fortune along with ultimate tragedy and loss.

It joins other tales stemming from the Biblical caution Mark 8:36 and 37:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  A valuable lesson.


However my book is not so valuable money wise.  You can google them for anything from about four to a hundred and fifty dollars.  Mine is not for sale for anything someone would give me.  Neither is my soul as it has already been purchased.

My book has notation on fly leaf “To Keating Donahoe from Mrs Geo K. Williams, May, 28, 1931.”  Then a second note, “from Keating Donahoe to Harrietta Daniels, June, 1931.”  I was happy to get it for fifteen dollars at a library used book sale.


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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18 Responses to NOVEL IN WOODCUTS

  1. You know the art teacher loves this!!

  2. Interesting! I’m used to very old woodcuts (like Durer kind of stuff) and not those from “modern” day. Nearly 100 years old at this point–of course that message is evergreen and everlasting!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Actually I know nothing about them. I’m sure first editions over a hundred dollars if in good condition, would be a nice find. Thanks for the comment. Maybe you could blog some info regarding this subject. I would find it interesting – if the blogs are not too long. 😀

  3. Rockhorses says:

    Interesting! I’d never heard of these books before! I’d love to know more! Anything you write teaches a great lesson. That’s your style. I’m guessing these books are old. 🙂

    So, is the wood carved on, or drawn on, or both? I’d like to know. 🙂

    • Rockhorses says:

      (Oh, and your’re such poet! 😉 )

    • oneta hayes says:

      Rockhorses, the picture image is carved onto a block of wood, then it is covered with ink and pressed down on the paper to make a picture. You have probably used the little ink stamp figures to make pictures. Have you ever gone into a ball game or concert where they stamped your hand to show that you had paid? That would be a little stamp sort of like a woodblock ink stamp. You could find out much more by looking online. Also you can ask to see wood stamping kits in hobby or craft areas of stores. I’d love to be your teacher. You are so interested in things.

  4. pranabaxom says:

    You sold your soul?
    Always looking for a return of investment eh😀

  5. Faye says:

    This is a very interesting post. Thank you. Your original post I mean Oneta.

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