James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CERTAIN HOUR (Dizain des Poëtes)

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First Printing 1916















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Title page recto: THE | CERTAIN HOUR | [in italic] (Dizain des Poëtes) | By | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | "Criticism, whatever may be its pretensions, never | does more than to define the impression which | is made upon it at a certain moment by a work | wherein the writer himself noted the impression | of the world which he received at a certain hour." | NEW YORK | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | 1916 (see image above).

Title page verso: Copyright, 1916, by Robert M. McBride & Co. | Copyright, 1915, by McBride, Nast & Co. | Copyright 1914, by the Sewanee Review Quarterly | Copyright, 1913, by John Adams Thayer Corporation | Copyright, 1912, by Argonaut Publishing Company | Copyright, 1911, by Red Book Corporation | Copyright, 1909, by Harper and Brothers (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., November 5, 1916.


Crown octavo [20 cm. (7 ⅞ in.) x 12.7 cm. (5 in.)]; pp. 256 (first 8 un-numbered); (1) half title, (2) Books by Mr. Cabell; (3) title page; (4) copyright data; (5) Dedication (verso blank); (7) Contents (verso blank); pp. 9-253 text. Pages (11), (35), (61), (85), (105), (125), (147), (169), (189), (209), and (233) are fly titles. Pages (254-256) are blank.


Red-brown cloth; gilt lettering and decorations; all edges trimmed. Spine: THE | CERTAIN | HOUR | [rule] | CABELL | McBRIDE. Front cover: [within a blind stamped plate in the shape of a gonfalon] THE | CERTAIN | HOUR| [at bottom of cover] JAMES BRANCH CABELL (see image above).


TO | ROBERT GAMBLE CABELL II | [in italic] In Dedication of The Certain Hour | sixteen line dedicatory verse in four quatrains (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Not seen.


The quotation on the title page is by Jules Lemaître, quoted in French Maxims of Letters, translated and edited by Henri Pène du Bois, published by Bretanos, New York, 1894.

The first printing was of 1150 copies. A small number of copies of this printing were issued by McBride-Nast in London in 1917 (CH-B1 (E)). An unknown number of the remaining sheets were not bound until c. 1920 (CH-A1a).