James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

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

Hall Code
*CoJ-D9 (ML)
Ninth Modern Library Printing, Spring 1937


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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 Spring 1937 (catalog includes I Claudius, by Robert Graves, but not To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf).


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 brown or green. 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, with style f rear panel. Observed in two colors: blue-gray with red bands and cream with green bands. This jacket can be dated to Spring 1937 by the catalog on the inside (includes I Claudius, by Robert Graves, but not To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf).

Dust Jacket Outside:

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

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

Rear Panel: [wide band] | A LIBRARY TO BE PROUD OF | CAN BE SELECTED FROM THE 246 TITLES IN | THE MODERN LIBRARY | [narrow band] | 12 lines of advertising material | [left side] 11 line order form enclosed in a dotted line box | [right side] [top, bottom, right side enclosed in arrow device] [in italic] Your choice | of 246 | great titles | (see complete list on the | other side of this wrapper) | USE THIS COUPON | Present this coupon to | your bookseller or mail to | THE MODERN LIBRARY | 20 E. 57 St., New York, N.Y. | [narrow band] | [in italic] In Canada: | THE MACMILLAN COMPANY | of CANADA, LTD., [in italics] Toronto.

Front Flap: [wide band] | MODERN LIBRARY BOOKS | 95 CENTS A COPY | The success of this book in more expensive editions | has paid for the plate investment and makes pos- | sible the Modern Library edition at this low price. | [narrow 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 band] | [in italic] Look inside jacket [arrow device] | [wide band].

Rear Flap: [wide 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 band] | [in italic] (continued from first flap) | 26 lines of advertising material |[narrow band] |[arrow device] [in italic] Look inside jacket | [wide band].

Dust Jacket Inside:

WHICH OF THESE 245 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 30 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.