The Silver Stallion: Cabellian Arts

A Visit to James Branch Cabell

Hall Code
A Visit to James Branch Cabell, Trial Copies 1927















Full Title:

Title page recto: A | VISIT | TO | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | BY | BERNHARDT WALL | ETCHER | LIME ROCK | [rule] | CONN | 1927 (see image above).

Title page verso: blank


Lime Rock, Conn.: Bernhardt Wall, 1927.


Thin octavo [21 cm. (8¼ in.) x 16.8 cm. (6⅝ in.)]; pp. (xxvi), leaves printed on recto only, all versos blank; (i-v) 3 blank leaves; (vii) limitation page; (ix) title; (xi) frontispiece, with glassine cover sheet; (xiii) introduction; (xv) contents; (xvii-xix) two etchings (of JBC's study and home), each with glassine cover sheet; (xxi) Wall logo plate; (xxiii-xxv) 2 blank leaves.


Variegated brown paper boards; lettered vertically up the spine in black; white paper label lettered in black on front cover; top edges trimmed, else untrimmed. Spine: A VISIT TO JAMES BRANCH CABELL. Front cover: [all enclosed in a single ruled box] A VISIT TO | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [rule bordered by a single dot at each end] | WALL (see image above).


[all enclosed in a single ruled box] COPY NO. Trial 5 | [rule] | A VISIT TO | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [rule] | EDITION | 100 COPIES | [signature] Bernhardt Wall | ETCHER (see image above).


Portrait etching of James Branch Cabell (see image above), protected by an unprinted glassine cover sheet.


Beige paper endpapers

Dust jacket:

Not seen. At least some of the regular edition of 100 copies were issued in dust jacket. We don't know if any of the trial copies had jackets.


This is copy no. 5 of seven trial copies, with the book plate of noted Cabell and Machen collector Montgomery Evans III. It is interesting to note that in this trial copy, the frontispiece is followed by the introduction, then the contents page. In all three of the regular issue copies we've examined, Hall G4, the order of the contents and introduction are reversed.