James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

FIGURES OF EARTH: A Comedy of Appearances
DIE LEGENDE VON MANUEL: Eine Komödie des Scheins

Hall Code
*FoE-Ger-1 (w)
German Translation 1985















Full Title:

Title page recto (volume): JAMES BRANCH | CABELL | [decorated rule] | [all enclosed in a single ruled box] DIE LEGENDE | VON MANUEL| [decorated rule] | Eine Komödien des Scheins | [Bastei-Lübbe castle logo] (see image above).

Title page verso: BASTE-LÜBBE-TASCHENBUCH | Fantasy | Band 20 075 | © Copyright 1921, 1927, 1948 by James Branch Cabell | All rights reserved | Deutsche Lizenzausgabe 1985 | Bastei-Verlag Gustav H. Lübbe GmbH & Co., Bergish Gladbach | Originaltitel: Figures of Earth | Ins Deutsche übertragen von Dr. Helmut Pesch | Titelillustration: Michael Embden | Umschlaggenestaltung: Quadro-Grafik, Bensberg | Satz: Computersatz Bonn GmbH, Bonn | Druck und Verarbeitung: | Elsnerdruck GmbH, Berlin | Printed in Western Germany | ISBN 3-404-20075-6 | Der Preis dieses Bandes versteht sich einschlieffeßich | der gesetzlichen Mehrwertsteuer. (see image above).


Bergisch Gladbach, Germany: Bastei-Lübbe, 1985


Trade paperback in wraps [17.9 cm. (7 1/16 in.) x 11.3 cm. (4 7/16 in.)]. Pp. 288; (1) free endpaper, Bastei-Lübbe castle logo at bottom; (2) frontispiece; (3) title page; (4) publication data; (5) half-title; (6)-(7) Contents; (8)-(9) Map of Poictesme (verso blank); 11-15 author's Vorwort (translated from the first edition) (verso blank); (17) fly-title; (18) quotation; 19-265 text (verso blank); 267-278 Nachwort; (279)-(288) publisher's advertisements. Pages (17), (75), (115), (163), and (217) are fly titles. Pages (10), (16), (114), (162), (216), and (266) are blank.


Front panel red, white or blue lettering over illustration by Michael Embden. Spine and rear panel blue or red lettering over blue background (see image above).

Spine: 20 075 | [rule] |780 | [lettered up the spine] [Bastei-Lübbe castle logo] James Branch Cabell Die Legende von Manuel FANTASY

Front panel: [in blue] JAMES BRANCH | CABELL | [white decorated rule] | [in white, all enclosed in a single red-ruled box over blue ground] DIE LEGENDE | VON MANUEL | [white decorated rule] | [in WHITE] Die Chroniken | von Poictesme | Band I | Eine Klassiker | der Fantasy | [Bastei-Lübbe castle logo]

Rear panel: JAMES BRANCH | CABELL | [8-line biography of Mr. Cabell] | [in red, all enclosed in a single red-ruled box over blue ground] DIE LEGENDE | VON MANUEL | [8-line blurb] | [quotes from three reviews] | [Bastei-Lübbe castle logo] Deutsche | Erstveröffentlichung Fantasy | [black lettering, all enclosed in a black, single ruled box, white ground] [prices, ISBN data, bar codes]

Map of Poictesme:

The map shown here was reprinted in several of Bastei-Lübbe's German translations of works in The Biography of Manuel. It is based on Peter Koch's 1928 Map of Poictesme, Hall G8, and was revised and transliterated into German by Dr. Helmut Pesch. It is signed on the lower left Inv. Peter Koch 28, and on the lower right delin. H. Pesch 85 (see image above).


Frontispiece: Dom Manuel's Coat of Arms

Subscript: [in italic] >>Cascun se mir el jove Manuel, | Qu'era del mon lo plus valens dels pros.<< (see image above).


Figures of Earth was originally dedicated to SIX MOST GALLANT CHAMPIONS, but those dedications are not included in this edition.


This was the first of several of Mr. Cabell's novels to be translated into German by Dr. Pesch and published by Bastei-Lübbe.