James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

BRANCHIANA, being a partial Account of the Branch Family in Virginia

Hall Code
First Printing, Red Binding 1907














dust jacket







Full Title:

Title page recto: Branchiana | BEING A PARTIAL ACCOUNT OF | The Branch Family in Virginia | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] Hæc est | Vita solutorum misera ambitione gravique." | fleur-de-lis device | PRINTED BY | WHITTET & SHEPPERSON, | RICHMOND, VA. (see image above).

Title page verso: blank.


[all enclosed in a single line box] Copyright, 1907, by JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] All rights reserved | Published October, 1907. (see image above).

(Brussel states that the publication date was October 10, 1907).


THIS EDITION OF BRANCHIANA IS LIMITED | TO ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SEVEN | COPIES, OF WHICH THIS IS NUMBER | {hand written in red] 47- | [ink signature] James Branch Cabell (see image above).


Demy octavo [24.4 cm. (9⅝ in.) x 15.9 cm. (6¼ in.)] , iv + 180 with frontispiece and 9 grey scale portrait illustrations, all protected by plain tissue guards. P. (i) limitation page, verso blank; frontispiece; (iii) title page (verso blank); (1) dedication (verso blank); (3) Contents (verso blank); (4) Illustrations, verso publication page; (5) half-title; (7)-11 The Compiler's Foreward; (12) blank; (13) fly-title (verso blank); text (15)-177; (178) blank; (179) Errata; (180) blank. Pages (13), (23), (59), (103), (107), (111), (129), (145), (149), (157), and (173) are fly-titles. Illustrations face pp. 18, 36, 54, 70, 88, 114, 132, 152, and 168.


Red cloth; gilt lettering and decorations on spine and front. Top gilt, otherwise untrimmed. Spine: BRANCHIANA | device | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL. Front: Branchiana | Branch family coat of arms (see image above).


Oval grey scale portrait of Thomas Branch; his signature as subscript; protected by plain tissue guard (see image above).


To | John Patteson Branch | This volume is with a double fitness dedicated, as being both | the first to suggest its compilation and the most | eminent living member of the family | which it commemorates. (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Pinkish tan paper. Front panel in gilt: Branchiana | Branch family coat of arms. Spine, rear panel, and both flaps are blank (see image above).

The jacket on this copy is identical to the one on our copy of Bra-A1b.


This is the only copy we have seen of this binding in dust jacket. This was Mr. Cabell's personal copy, now in his library at VCU.

According to the note Mr. Cabell wrote on the FFEP of this, his personal copy of Branchiana in the red binding, only some ten copies were issued in this red binding (see image above).

Scans of Mr. Cabell's copy were provided to The Silver Stallion by long-standing supporter Ray Bonis, Archive Coordinator, Special Collections and Archives, Virginia Commonwealth University.