James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CORDS OF VANITY: A Comedy of Shirking

Hall Code
*CoV-D2a (E)
English Revised Edition, Second Printing, Variant Binding 1926















Full Title:

Title page recto: THE | CORDS OF VANITY | A COMEDY OF SHIRKING | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILSON FOLLETT | [in italic] Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords | of vanity! . . . . their root shall be as rottenness | and their blossom shall go up as dust." | LONDON | JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LIMITED (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] First Published in 1925 | Reprinted . . 1926 | Made and Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London (see image above).


London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1926


Crown octavo [18.9 cm. (7 7/16 in.) x 13.3 cm. (5ΒΌ in.)]; xvi + 336; blank leaf; (iii) half-title; (iv) BY THE SAME AUTHOR; (v) title page; (vi) publication data; (vii) dedication (verso blank); ix-xiv Introduction; xv-xvi Contents; fly-title (verso blank); 3-332 text; (333)-(336) publisher's advertisements.


Green cloth, lettering on spine and front cover in black; top edge trimmed, else untrimmed. Spine:THE CORDS | OF | VANITY | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | THE | BODLEY HEAD. Front cover:THE CORDS OF | VANITY | JAMES | BRANCH CABELL (see image above).


[rule] TO | GABRIELLE BROOKE MONCURE | [in italic] Plus sapit vulgus, quia tantum, quantum | opus est, sapit. | [rule]

Dust jacket:

Not seen.


The binding of this edition is not decorated in the usual style John Lane used for unillustrated Cabell titles during the 1920s.