James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

FIGURES OF EARTH: A Comedy of Appearances

Hall Code
FoE-G1 (w)
First English Paperback Edition 1971















Full Title:

Title page recto: Figures of Earth | James Branch Cabell | Introduction by | James Blish | [Tandem device] TANDEM | 14 Gloucester Road, London SW7 (see image above).

Title page verso: First published in Great Britain by The Bodley Head Ltd. | Copyright, 1921, 1927 by James Branch Cabell | Copyright renewed, 1948 by James Branch Cabell | Published by Universal-Tandem Publishing Co. Ltd., 1971 | Made and printed in Great Britain by | Hunt Barnard Printing Ltd., Aylesbury, Bucks. (see image above).


London: Universal-Tandem Publishing Co. Ltd., 1971


Trade paperback [17.9 cm. (7-1/16 in.) x 11.3 cm. (4-7/16 in.)]. Pp. 256; (1) half-title; (2) Also by James Branch Cabell; (3) title page; (4) publication data; 5-6 Introduction by James Blish; (7) dedication (verso blank); 9-10 Contents; 11-14 A FOREWORD by James Branch Cabell (from the first printing); (15) fly-title; (16) quotation; 17-253 text; (254)-(256) publisher's catalog. Pages (15), (71), (109), (155), and (209) are fly-titles. Pages (8), (108), and (208) are blank.


White paper, black lettering, front panel decorated with a color painting by Mike Foreman (see image above).

Spine: [lettered down the spine] [Tandem device] Figures of Earth James Branch Cabell | 5522

Front panel: TANDEM [Tandem device] FANTASY | Figures of Earth | James Branch Cabell | 'So inventive, so funny and so beautiful that it is a joy | to read' [in italic] James Blish | [illustration: color painting by Mike Foreman]

Rear panel: [18-line blurb in three paragraphs] | [excerpt from a review by Carl Van Doren] | Illustration by Mike Foreman | U.K. 7/- 35p [Tandem device over TANDEM] SBN 4260 5522 5


[in italic ] To six most gallant champions is dedicated | this history of a champion less to repay | than to acknowledge large debts to each of | them, collectively at outset, as thereafter | seriatim. (see image above).

The respective fly-titles (see Collation) also include the individual dedications for the five Books. The dedication for the Foreword is at the top of page 11, preceding the text.


blish letterThe announcement at left, written by James Blish, was inserted in Kalki, Vol. IV No. 1, Whole No. 13, Winter 1969, as a letter-sized (8½ x 11-inch) folded broadside. It discusses the Society's efforts to get Mr. Cabell's works reprinted in Great Britain, and announces that Tandem Books will publish Jurgen, Figures of Earth, and The Silver Stallion "within the year". Tandem did in fact publish these three titles in 1971: Jurgen Jur-L (w), Figures of Earth FoE-G1 (w), and The Silver Stallion SS-G1 (w). The three titles appear to have been issued more-or-less simultaneously.