James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

BRANCH OF ABINGDON; being a partial Account of the Ancestry of Christopher Branch of "Arrowhattocks" and "Kingsland" in Henrico County, and the Founder of the Branch Family in Virginia

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Title page recto: Branch of Abingdon | BEING A PARTIAL ACCOUNT OF | The Ancestry of Christopher Branch of | "Arrowhattocks" and "Kingsland," in | Henrico County, and the Founder of | the Branch Family in Virginia | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [device | [in italic] "Volentem prœlia me loqui | Victas et urbia increpuit lyra." | [device] | PRINTED BY | WM. ELLIS JONES' SONS, INC. | RICHMOND, VA. (see image above).

Title page verso: [all enclosed in a single line box] Copyright, 1911, by JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] All rights reserved. | Published December, 1911. (see image above).


Richmond, Va.: Privately published, December, 1911.


Demy octavo [24.7 cm. (9 ¾ in.) x 15.9 cm. (6 ¼ in.)] , xx + 136 with frontispiece and 9 illustrations, all protected by tissue guards. Pp. (i-ii) blank; (iii) half-title (verso blank); (v) list of books by Cabell (verso blank); frontispiece; (vii) title page; (viii) publication data; (ix) dedication (verso blank); (xi) Contents (verso blank); (xiii) Illustrations (verso blank); (xv) fly-title: The Compiler's Foreward (verso blank); (xvii) text of The Compiler's Foreward (verso blank); (xix) fly-title (verso blank); text (15)-126; (127) Other Books by Mr. Cabell; (129-134) advertisements; last leaf blank.


Green cloth, gilt lettering and decorations on front and spine; gilt tops, otherwise untrimmed. Spine: [double line] Branch | of | Abingdon | [device] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | Wm. Ellis Jones' | Sons, Inc. | Publishers. Front cover: Branch of Abingdon | [device of Branch coat-of-arms] (see image above).


Facsimile page of manuscript text; protect by tissue guard printed in red: Facsimile Page from the Cartulary of the | Fraternity of the Holy Cross (see images above).


To | James Ransom Branch | As the lineal male representative of | Richard Branch of Abingdon | in the twelfth generation (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Not seen.


This issue consisted of two hundred copies. One hundred of these were unnumbered and unsigned (BoA-A1), and one hundred were numbered and signed (BoA-A1a).

This copy carries the bookplate of noted Cabell and Machen collector Montgomery Evans III. According to his notes in his copy of Merle Johnsons' 1921 A Bibliographic Check-list of the Works of James Branch Cabell 1904-1921, Hall F1 (A5), Evans purchased this book directly from Mr. Cabell in October of 1921, for $5.00.