James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

JURGEN: A Comedy of Justice
JÜRGEN: Eine Komödie um die Gerechtigkeit

Hall Code
Description
Jur-Ger-1
German Translation 1928

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COMPILATION

Full Title:

Title page recto: JAMES BRANCH CABELL | Jürgen | Eine Komödie | um die Gerechtigkeit | Übertragen von Karl Lerbs | [double rule]| Im Insel-Verlag zu Leipzig | 1928 (verso blank, see image above).

Publication:

Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1928

Collation:

Crown octavo [19.5 cm. (7 11/16 in.) x 12.7 cm. (5 in.)]. Pp. 404; (1) Insel-Verlag "ship" logo (verso blank); (3) title page (verso blank); (5) verse (verso blank); 7-(403) text; (404) colophon.

Binding:

Ivory cloth; black lettering and red and black decorations on spine and front cover; all edges trimmed. Spine: [red rule, black rule] | [3 black rules, 3 red rules, row of 8 stars] | CABELL | Jürgen | [3 black rules, 3 red rules, single wavy black rule] | [red rule, black rule] | [3 black rules, 3 red rules, row of 8 stars] | [red rule, black rule] | [3 black rules, 3 red rules, single wavy black rule] | [red rule, black rule] | [3 black rules, 3 red rules, row of 8 stars] | [red rule, black rule] | [3 black rules, 3 red rules, single wavy black rule] | [red rule, black rule]. Front cover: JAMES | BRANCH CABELL | Jürgen (see image above).

Dedication:

Originally dedicated to Burton Rascoe, but the dedication is not present in this edition.

Colophon:

[rule] Druck der Rossberg'schen | Buchdruckerei in Leipzig | [rule] (see image above).

Dust jacket:

White paper, lettering in black (title in red on front panel), decorations in red and black (see image above).

Spine: [decorated red rule] | Cabell | [rule] | Jürgen | Insel-Verlag | [decorated red rule]

Front panel: [all enclosed in a decorated red rule] JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in red] Jürgen | Eine Komödie um die Gerechtigkeit | Roman | [15-line biography of Mr. Cabell] | [rule] | Im Insel-Verlag zu Leipzig

Rear panel: [all enclosed in a decorated red rule] NEUE ENGLISCHE ROMANE | [blurbs for three novels by Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence] | INSEL-VERLAG ZU LEIPZIG

Front flap: [30-line translation of an article on Mr. Cabell by Hugh Walpole] | [double rule] | INSEL-VERLAG

Rear flap: [two quotes from reviews of a novel by Leonhard Frank] | [double rule] | INSEL-VERLAG

Notes:

inselThe small magazine at left, Das Inselschiff: Eine Zeitschrift für die Freunde des Insel-Verlages [The Island Ship: A Magazine for the Friends of Island Publishers], was the house organ of Insel-Verlag (Island Publishers), who issued this translation of Jurgen. Insel-Verlag published excerpts from their current and future offerings in Das Inselschiff, hopefully enticing readers to buy the books they displayed. The little magazine had a far greater reach than just advertising, though: at the time it was considered a significant literary magazine and had a wide circulation. This issue, for Christmas 1928, includes Chapter 42 of Jurgen, "Kompromisse in himmel" ("Compromises in Heaven").

Hall does not mention binding variations for this edition, but we have observed two bindings - one in ivory cloth and one in green cloth. The two states are identical except for binding color. Without implying any precedence, we have adopted Hall's Jur-Ger-1 code for the ivory binding, and designated *Jur-Ger-1a for the green binding.