The Silver Stallion: Cabellian Arts

Taboo in Lino-Cuts

Hall Code
Taboo in Lino-Cuts, Vellum 1927














Full Title:

Title recto: [all hand cut lino-cut block print] ] TABOO [within decorative border] | [device] In Lino-cuts [device] | by | William John Bernhard | [block "B" device] | Privately Printed | MCMXXVII (see image above).

Title verso: blank.


New York; privately printed; 1927.


Royal quarto [33.1cm. (13 in.) x 25.8 cm. (10.2 in.)]; pp. (26); (1) blank leaf; (3) half-title (verso blank); (5) blank; (6) frontispiece; title page (verso blank); (7) limitation page (verso blank); (9) Contents (verso blank); (11-24) 7 monochrome signed illustrations (verso of each leaf blank); (25) blank leaf. Each printed page is protected by an unprinted tissue guard.


Three-quarter bound, turquoise morocco spine and corners edged in gilt over Batik paper boards. Spine in gilt: [rule] | [device] | [triple rule, center rule dashed] | [single raised band] | [lettered up] TABOO IN LINO-CUTS - WILLIAM JOHN BERNHARD | [triple rule, center rule dashed] | [single raised band] | [device] | [ rule]. Front cover in gilt: [at lower left] JAMES BRANCH CABELL (see image above).


[All hand cut lino-cut block print] Monochrome portrait of Mr. Cabell, signed "William John Bernhard" in pencil (see image above).


[All hand cut lino-cut block print] This edition consists of three | copies printed with Linoleum | Blocks on Japan Vellum | paper for presentation only. | This is Number [hand written] 1 | Signed [signature] William John Bernhard | [signature] James Branch Cabell | Copyright 1927 by | William John Bernhard (see image above).

Dust jacket:

None seen.


This is copy no. 1 of an issue of three copies on Japanese vellum, for presentation only. This is Mr. Cabell's personal copy, now held in the Cabell Room at the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University. Scans courtesy of Ray Bonis, Senior Research Associate, Special Collections and Archives.