James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THESE RESTLESS HEADS: A Trilogy of Romantics

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Second Printing 1932








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Title page recto: [all within art deco border by Samuel Bernard Schaeffer] THESE | RESTLESS HEADS | [in italic] A Trilogy of Romantics | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] " Yet must there hover in these restless heads | One thought, one grace, one wonder, at the least, | Which into words no virtue can digest." | DECORATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS | SAMUEL BERNARD SCHAEFFER | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | NEW YORK : MCMXXXII (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1932 | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] First Published, February, 1932 | Second Printing before Publication | THESE RESTLESS HEADS | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., February, 1932.


Crown octavo [20.6 cm. (8⅛ in.) x 15 cm. (5⅞ in.)]; pp. xix+256; (i) half title (verso blank); (not counted in pagination) blank (verso) frontispiece; (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) dedication (verso blank); vii-viii Contents; (ix) fly-title, (x) quotation from The Mikado; xi-xiv Introduction; (1) fly-title; (2) quotation from A Midsummer Night's Dream; 3-253 text (verso blank); (254) Bibliography (verso blank). Pages (1x), (1), (19), (83), (127), (187), and (231) are fly-titles. Pages (ii), (82), (126), (186), (254), (256) are blank.


Black cloth; silver lettering on spine; silver and white decorations on front cover; top edge trimmed, else untrimmed. Spine: [in decorative script] These | Restless | Heads | Cabell | McBride. Front cover: [decorations in silver and white] (see image above).


Black and white drawing, an art deco image of a young woman, done in ink by Samuel Bernard Schaeffer (see image above).


[in italic] For | JOHN MACY | [14-line acrostic verse in three stanzas].

There is a small slip (11. 3 cm. x 4.4 cm.) tipped in at the base of the dedication page in most, but not all copies. This slip reads: The regular trade edition of THESE RESTLESS HEADS, | by Branch Cabell, bearing the words "Second Print- | ing before Publication" is the first edition issued by us in small format. | [flush right] ROBERT M. MCBRIDE & COMPANY (see image above).

Dust jacket:

White paper; lettering in black and white, decorations in silver, black, and white (see image above).

Spine: Silver field, black lettering, decorations in black and white: [decorated rule] [in decorative script] These | Restless | Heads | Cabell | McBride | [decorated rule]

Front panel: Black field, [decorations in white and silver by Samuel Bernard Schaeffer, signed in mid-field at right; decorative script in white] These | Restless | Heads | Branch Cabell

Rear panel: [all lettering in black] [in italic] These Restless Heads | By Branch Cabell | WITH A FRONTISPIECE AND DECORATIVE | INITIALS BY SAMUEL BERNARD SCHAEFFER | [22-line blurb] | SELECTED BY THE LITERARY GUILD | [rule] [in italic] Robert M. McBride & Company | 4 West Sixteenth Street New York, N. Y.

Front flap: [flush right] Net $2.50 | [rule] | THE WORKS OF | [in italic] James Branch Cabell | [list of 18 titles by Mr. Cabell[ | [rule] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | [in italic] Publishers New York

Rear flap: [rule] | [coupon for Book News] | [rule] | [rule] | [advertisement for Travel Magazine]

Belly band:

Silver paper, lettering in black, top and bottom rules in black (see image above).

Spine, front and rear flaps: blank except for top and bottom rules.

Front and rear panels: [in italic] A Selection | of the | Literary Guild


The quotation on the title page is by Christopher Marlowe, from Tamburlaine the Great, Act 5, Scene 1; Tamburlaine, to Zenocrate, after he has ordered the four virgins to be put to death.