James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CORDS OF VANITY

Hall Code
Description
*CoV-B1b (E)
First English Printing, Third State [1914]

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COMPILATION

Full Title:

Title page recto: The Cords of Vanity | [in italic] By | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | publisher's device | LONDON| HUTCHINSON & CO. | Paternoster Row | 1909 (see image above).

Title page verso: PRINTED IN NEW YORK, U.S.A. | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION| INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN (see image above).

Publication:

London: Hutchinson & Co., 1909 (1914)

Brussel reports that the first state of the English issue was released on August 31, 1909, and this title page still carries a 1909 date. The catalogue at rear is dated Spring, 1914, so we have assigned that date to this issue.

Collation:

Crown octavo [19.3 cm. (7 ⅝ in.) x 12.5 cm. (5 in.)], xx + 342 with tipped-in frontispiece. Page (1) half-title (verso blank); tipped-in frontispiece; (iii) cancel title page; (v) Dedication (verso blank); (vii) six-line prose quotation (verso blank); ix-x Contents; xi-xx Prologue; (1) fly-title (verso blank); 3-341 text; (342) blank; (pp. 343 - 375; catalogue pages are actually numbered 1,2, (3), 4-19, (20), 21-32) Hutchinson catalogue dated Spring, 1914.

Binding:

Light red cloth; gilt printing on spine and front; all edges trimmed. Spine: THE | CORDS | OF | VANITY | JAMES BRANCH| CABELL | HUTCHINSON & Co. (last letter raised). Front cover: [all enclosed in a single line white rule] THE CORDS OF VANITY | (see image above).

Note: This issue measures about 3.8 cm. (1½ in.) wide, compared with 3.5 cm. (1 7/16 in.) for CoV-A1a. The extra width is, of course, due to the inclusion of the 32-page Hutchinson catalogue.

Frontispiece:

Painting of a man seated (attributed by Brussel to C. Coles Phillips); subscribed "I ADORED WITHIN THESE FOUR YEARS PRECISELY A DOZEN GIRLS, | AND . . . WROTE VERSES OF THEM." (see image above).

Dedication:

TO | GABRIELLE BROOKE MONCURE | [in italic] Plus sapit vulgus, quia lantum, quantum opus est, sapit. (see image above).

Catalogue:

Hutchinson catalog dayed Spring, 1914, (32 pp.) bound in at rear (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Not seen.

Notes:

Not listed in previous bibliographies, this is a later reissue bound with a 1914-dated Hutchinson catalogue. We have seen two copies of this issue; one is from the collection of Guy Morris (writer and critic from New Zealand), and the other was acquired from a dealer in Switzerland.

See also the issue notes on index page for The Cords of Vanity.