James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THESE RESTLESS HEADS: A Trilogy of Romantics

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Literary Guild Edition 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 | the literary guild | 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: The Literary Guild, February, 1932.


Crown octavo [20.6 cm. (8⅛ in.) x 15 cm. (5⅞ in.)]; pp. xix+256; (i) half title; (ii) 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.


Quarter bound in black cloth over black and white mottled paper boards, gilt lettering on spine, front cover blank, top edge trimmed else untrimmed. Spine: [in decorative script] These | Restless | Heads | Cabell | Literary | Guild (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] (see image above).

Dust jacket / Slipcase:

No dustjacket has been noted. Cardbord slipcase covered in the same mottled paper used for the boards, gold paper spine label lettered and decorated in black. Spine label: [decorated rule] THESE | RESTLESS | HEADS | [in italic] By | BRANCH CABELL | & | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [in italic] By | CARL VAN DOREN | the literary guild | [decorated rule] (see image above).


This issue of THESE RESTLESS HEADS is identical to the trade issue ("Second Printing Before Publication"), TRH-A2, except for the binding, a slight simplication of the preliminary pages, and the title page. On the title page, the publisher's name, robert m. mcbride & company, has been replaced with the literary guild. Issued together with this volume, in the same slipcase and a matching binding, was a Literary Guild issue of the revised edition of Carl Van Doren's JAMES BRANCH CABELL, A11c.

Wings, Vol. 6, No. 2 for February 1932

wingsWings was a small format monthly magazine The Literary Guild issued to its subscribers. The issue of February, 1932, was largely dedicated to Cabell, the author of the Guild's then current selection These Restless Heads. It included critical essays on Cabell by H.L. Mencken and Burton Rascoe, a discussion of These Restless Heads by Carl Van Doren, and a photographic portrait of Cabell. The Cabellian portions of the magazine are reproduced here as a *.pdf file. You'll need to use your browser's BACK button to return to The Silver Stallion after accessing it.