James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

HAMLET HAD AN UNCLE: A Comedy of Honor
HAMLET HAD AN UNCLE: A Comedy of Honour

Hall Code
HHU-B2 (E)
Second English Printing








versodedicationdust jacket







Full Title:

Title page recto: BRANCH CABELL | HAMLET | HAD AN UNCLE | [in italic] a Comedy of Honour | ' Even with the very comment of thy soul | Observe my uncle.' | LONDON | John Lane The Bodley Head (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] First published in England 1940 | Reprinted 1940 | MADE AND PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY | MORRISON AND GIBB LTD., LONDON AND EDINBURGH | FOR JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LIMITED | 8 BURY PLACE, LONDON, W. C. 1 (see image above).


London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1940


Crown octavo [18.7 cm. (7⅜ in.) x 13.3 cm. (5¼ in.)]; xviii + 270 pp; (i) half-title; (ii) by the same author (book list); (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) dedication; (vi) quotation; (vii)-xiv Preface; xv-(xvii) Contents (verso blank); (1) fly-title; (2) quotation; 3-267 text; 268-269 Principal Characters; (270) advertisement.


Green cloth, yellow lettering on spine, front cover blank; all edges trimmed. Spine: Hamlet | had an | Uncle | • | Branch | Cabell | [in italic] the | bodley head (see image above).

The cloth used for the binding this impression is slightly darker and a different weave from the green cloth of the first impression.


[in italic] for | THE FORGOTTEN MAN | [6-line acrostic poem spelling "HAMLET"] (see image above).

Dust jacket:

White paper, ground of spine and front panel over a painting by G. R. Morris, lettering in black and white (see image above).

Spine: [in white] bodley head | [in black] Hamlet | had an | Uncle . | [in white] Branch | Cabell

Front panel: [in black] Hamlet | had an | [in white] a new novel by Branch Cabell | [in black] Uncle | Branch Cabell

Rear panel: [all enclosed in an orange single ruled box] [in italic] also by Branch Cabell | THE KING | WAS IN HIS | COUNTING HOUSE | [two quotes from reviews] | [in italic] 7s 6d | The Bodley Head

Front flap: [in black, orange initial] [29-line blurb in three paragraphs] | [flush right, in orange] 7s 6d | [in black] SECOND IMPRESSION

Rear flap: Press Opinions | [double tapered rule in orange] | [three quotes from reviews]