James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CREAM OF THE JEST: A Comedy of Evasions
Modern Library Printings

Hall Code
*CoJ-D7 (ML)
Seventh Modern Library Printing, Fall 1933








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Full Title:

Title page recto type "G": [All enclosed in a double rule] THE CREAM OF | THE JEST | [rule] | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | INTRODUCTION | BY | HAROLD WARD | [rule] | Bernhard Torchbearer device | [rule} | THE MODERN LIBRARY | PUBLISHERS : NEW YORK (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] Copyright, 1917, by | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [double rule] [in italic]Manufactured in the United | States of America | [in italic] Bound for The Modern Library, Inc., by H. Wolff (see image above).


New York; no date. Catalog at rear, printed contiguously with the text, can be dated to Fall 1933 (catalog includes Three Lives, by Gertrude Stein, but not God's Little Acre, by Erskine Caldwell).


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] line drawing; [vi] blank; [vii] dedication; [viii] blank; ix-xii INTRODUCTION; [xiii - xv] Contents; [xvi] blank; [1] The | Cream | of | the Jest; [2] [rule] | BOOK FIRST | [8 line poem] | [rule]; 3-250 text; [251-256] catalog; [257] blank leaf.


Toledano/Kamins binding Style 7. Balloon cloth in red. This binding has been reported in red, brown, green, and blue for other titles, so other colors are possible. Spine all in gilt: THE | CREAM | OF THE | JEST| [Rule] | CABELL | ML device | MODERN | LIBRARY. Front in gilt: Kent Torchbearer device (slightly smaller than Style 5). (see image above).


Line drawing by James Branch Cabell: The Sigil of Scotia (see image above).


TO | LOUISA NELSON | [in italic] "At me ab amore tuo diducet | nulla senectus." (see image above).


Kent design endpapers as used on Modern Library titles 1929-1967 (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Style DJ-G dust jacket, light blue paper with red bands, with style e rear panel. This jacket can be dated to Fall 1933 by the catalog on the inside (includes Three Lives, by Gertrude Stein, but not God's Little Acre, by Erskine Caldwell).

Dust Jacket Outside:

Spine: [wide red band] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [narrow red band] | [vertically down spine] THE CREAM OF THE JEST | Bernhard Torchbearer device | [narrow red band] | 126 | [wide red band].

Front Panel: [wide red band] | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [narrow red band] | THE CREAM | OF THE JEST | Bernhard Torchbearer device | With an introduction by HAROLD WARD| 4 lines text | [narrow red band] | THE MODERN LIBRARY | [wide red band].

Rear Panel: [wide red band] This Coupon Will Bring Your Choice | [in italic] of any of these | 225 MODERN LIBRARY TITLES | [narrow red band] | [enclosed within dashed lines] multi-line Order Form | [vertically up left side of form] CUT OUT ALONG DOTTED LINES | [narrow red line] | THE MODERN LIBRARY INC., NEW YORK | [in italic] In Canada THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA, LTD. Toronto | [wide red band].

Front Flap: [wide red band] | MODERN LIBRARY BOOKS | 95 CENTS A COPY | (ONE DOLLAR IN CANADA) | [narrow red band] | The Cream of the Jest | [in italic] By James Branch Cabell | 17 lines of advertising material | [device of four stars | 3 lines of advertising material | [in italic] (continued on last flap) | [narrow red band] | [in italic] Look inside jacket [arrow device] | [wide red band].

Rear Flap: [wide red band] | ON THE INSIDE OF THIS JACKET IS A LIST | ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY AUTHORS, OF | ALL THE TITLES IN THE MODERN LIBRARY. | IT IS WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION. | [narrow red band] | [in italic] (continued from first flap) | 26 lines of advertising material |[narrow red band] |[arrow device] [in italic] Look inside jacket | [wide red band].

Dust Jacket Inside:

WHICH OF THESE 225 OUTSTANDING BOOKS DO YOU WANT TO READ? | [triple rule] | [vertically up the left side of the page The Convenient Coupon on The Other Side Brings You | Your Choice of These Books | [a vertical line] | 6 column listing of titles in The Modern Library; central 2 columns are bisected by a single rule, with listing of 12 Modern Library Giant titles below | [a vertical line] [vertically down the right side of the page] This is a Complete List of Modern Library Books (see image above).


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.