James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

BEYOND LIFE: Dizain des Demiurges

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Hall Code
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Silver Stallion Description
BL-B1 (ML)
BL-B1 (ML)
First Modern Library Edition
First Modern Library Printing [1923]


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Full Title:

Title page recto type "D": [All enclosed in a double rule] BEYOND LIFE | [in italic] Dizain des Démiurges | [ a line] | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [ a line] | Introduction by | GUY HOLT| [ a line] | "BL" Modern Library device | [4 lines in italic] "Many a man lives a burden to the earth: | but a good book is the precious life-blood of | a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up | on purpose to a life beyond life" | [ a line] | BONI AND LIVERIGHT| [ a line] | PUBLISHERS :: :: NEW YORK (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] Copyright, 1919, by | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] Printed in the United States of America (see image above).


New York: Boni and Liveright. No date, but previous bibliographers of both Cabell and The Modern Library date this 1st printing to 1923.


Sextodecimo [16.8 cm. (6 5/8-inches) x 10.8 cm. (4 1/4-inches)]. [i] half-title; [ii] advt; [iii] title; [iv] copyright; [v] dedication; [vi] blank; [vii-xvii] (marked ix-xix) Introduction; [xviii] blank; [xix] Contents; [xx] blank; [1] I | WE APPROACH; [2] 13 line passage; 3-358 text; [359-363] catalog; [364] blank.


Toledano Binding Style 2. Flexible leatherette in black, brown, or green. Also likely in blue. Spine all in gilt: [Double rule] | BEYOND | LIFE | [Rule] | CABELL | MODERN | LIBRARY | [Double rule]. Front in gilt: "BL" device. (see image above).


[double rule] To | GUY HOLT | [acrostic verse of seven lines] | [double rule] (see image above).


Brodzky design endpapers, as used in Modern Library titles 1919-1925 (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Not seen, but this dust jacket for printing would likely have had a Style DJ-B front and spine.


For an explanation of the terms used on this page that are specific to The Modern Library, see the Cabell in The Modern Library page.