James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE KING WAS IN HIS COUNTING HOUSE: A Comedy of Common Sense

Hall Code
Description
KCH-B1 (E)
First English Printing 1939

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COMPILATION

Full Title:

Title page recto: THE KING WAS IN HIS | COUNTING HOUSE | [in italic] a comedy | of common sense | by | BRANCH CABELL | JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD | LONDON (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] First published in 1939 | Made and Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London (see image above).

Publication:

London: John Lane The Bodley Head; 1939.

Collation:

Large duodecimo [19.7 cm. (7¾ in.) x 14 cm. (5½ in.)]; tops trimmed and stained purple, otherwise untrimmed; (i) half title; (ii) list of books by Mr. Cabell; (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) dedication (verso blank); vii-xi Preface (verso blank); xiii Contents (verso blank); xv-xvi People of the Story; 3-304 text; each of the five parts headed by fly-titles on pp. (1); (47), (125), (199), and (247) (verso of each blank)

Binding:

Purple cloth. Spine in gilt italic: The King | was in his | Counting | House | [device of a five-pointed star] | The Bodley Head (see image above).

Dedication:

FOR | HAZEL RASCOE | 15 line acrostic poem all in italic (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Illustrated by Gifford (see image above).

Front panel: [background of a pen and ink illustration in black, purple, and white] [in white italic] THE KING WAS IN HIS | COUNTING HOUSE | BRANCH CABELL

Spine: [backgrouns of black and purple] [all in white] THE KING | WAS IN HIS | COUNTING | HOUSE | [lettered vertically down the spine] BRANCH CABELL | [lettered horizontally] THE | BODLEY | HEAD

Rear panel: [in black on a white ground] [all enclosed in a double ruled box] [in italic] New and Forthcoming | [[in purple] FICTION | [in black] list of seven forthcoming titles | THE BODLEY HEAD

Front flap: [initial "M" in purple, remaining in black] 23 line blurb in two paragraphs | [in purple] 7s 6d net

Rear flap: [in purple italic] by the same author | in black caps, list of 15 titles by Mr. Cabell | [device of a purple 5-pointed star] | THE BODLEY HEAD