James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

SPECIAL DELIVERY: A Packet of Replies

Hall Code
Description
SD-A1c
First Printing, Editorial Copies 1933

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COMPILATION

Full Title:

Title page recto: SPECIAL DELIVERY | [rule] | A PACKET OF REPLIES | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [device of three stars] | [in italic] "Heaven send thee a good delivery!" | [device of three stars] | NEW YORK : MCMXXXIII | [rule] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1933 | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | * | [in italic] SPECIAL DELIVERY | * | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | [in italic] FIRST PUBLISHED, MARCH, 1933 (see image above).

Publication:

New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., March, 1933

Collation:

Royal octavo [24.5 cm. (9⅝ in.) x 16 cm. (6 5/16 in.)]; xii + 274 + 1 blank leaf; (i) half-title (verso blank); (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) limitation page (verso blank); (vii) dedication page (verso blank); (ix) CONTENTS (verso blank); (xi) opening statement by the author (verso blank); (1) fly-title; (2) quotation; 3-270 text (verso blank); 271-272 Bibliographical; last leaf blank. Pages (1), (16), (43), (67), (93), (117), (141), (165), (187), (213), (237), and (261) are fly-titles. The ten letters are on pages (17), (45), (69), (95), (119), (143), (167), (189), (215), and (239), each letter typed on Mr. Cabell's stationary , signed by the writer in green, and tipped in. Pages (14), (17), (18), (42), (44), (46), (66), (68), (70), (92), (94), (96), (118), (120), (142), (144), (164), (166), (168), (186), (188), (190), (214), (216), (236), (238), (240), (260), and (271) are blank.

Binding:

Three-quarter bound, black morocco spine and corners over silver paper. Silver lettering on spine,front cover blank, all untrimmed and uncut. Spine (5 false bands): [rule] | SPECIAL | DELIVERY | BRANCH | CABELL | 1933 | [rule] (see image above).

Limitation:

OF THIS DE LUXE EDITION OF SPECIAL DELIVERY | HAVE BEEN PRINTED TWENTY-SIX COPIES FOR | SALE, AND SEVEN EDITORIAL COPIES, IN ALL WHICH | COPIES EACH OF THE TEN LETTERS INCLUDED HAS | BEEN SIGNED BY ITS WRITER | THIS IS COPY [handwritten in green] Beta | [signed by Mr. Cabell] (see image above).

Dedication:

For | GEORGE T. KEATING | [14-line acrostic verse in three stanzas] (see image above).

Dust jacket /Slipcase:

Issued in an unmarked tissue dust jacket and a cardboard slipcase covered in silver paper, with the Cabell family coat of arms on the front (see image above).