James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

JURGEN: A Comedy of Justice

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Golden Cockerel Press Edition 1949









Full Title:

[all enclosed in a woodcut border of leaves] JURGEN | A Comedy of Justice | by James Branch Cabell | with Wood Engravings by | John Buckland Wright | [woodcut device of a faun playing panpipes] | Printed in England at | The Golden Cockerel Press (see image above).


This edition of Jurgen with sixteen engravings by | John Buckland-Wright has been produced in 1949 by | Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, | London. It is limited to 500 numbered copies, of which | Nos: 1-100 are specially bound and contain one extra | engraving. No: 233 (see image above).


Royal 8vo [25.5 cm. (10 in.) x 16 cm. (6 ΒΌ in.)], 350 pp. Printed with Caslon Old Face 14 pt type with Vesta titling on mould-made paper. (1) Blank leaf, (2) woodcut frontispiece; (3) title page (see above); (4) verso of title page blank; 5-6 foreword; 7-349 text; woodcut illustrations facing pp. 21, 39, 65, 81, 101, 121, 141, 167, 183, 215, 235, 257, 301, 331; colophon at p. 350.


Quarter purple calf with scarlet canvas boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt decoration on front panel. Top edge gilt, otherwise untrimmed. Spine: JURGEN | gilt device of cockerel (see image above).


Woodcut by John Buckland-Wright of Jurgen's meeting with the black gentleman (see image above).


Cabell dedicated Jurgen to Burton Rascoe with an acrostic verse, but the dedication was not included in this printing.

Dust jacket / Slipcase:

No dust jacket seen, and none noted in any bibliography.


The "sixteen engravings" mentioned in the colophon include the frontispiece, engraved title page recto, and the fourteen illustrations interspersed into the text.