James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

JURGEN: A Comedy of Justice

Hall Code
Jur-D1 (E)
First English Unillustrated Edition 1923















Full Title:

Title page recto: JURGEN | A COMEDY OF JUSTICE | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HUGH WALPOLE [two fleurons] | | [Next five lines in italics] "Of JURGEN eke they maken mencioun, | That of an old wyf gat his youthe agoon, | And gat himself a shirte as bright as fire | Wherein to jape, yet gat not his desire | In any countrie ne condicioun." | JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LIMITED | LONDON (four fleurons) (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] Limited Illustrated Edition November, 1921 | Unillustrated Edition January 1923 | Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay & Sons, Bungay, Suffolk. (see image above).


London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1923


Crown octavo [19.4 cm. (7⅝ in.) x 13.7 cm. (5⅜ in.)]; 1 blank leaf + xvi + 334 pp.; 1 blank leaf (not counted inpagination); (i) half-title; (ii) BY THE SAME AUTHOR; (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) dedication; (vi) quotations; vii-viii Introduction by Hugh Walpole; ix-x Contents; (xi) A FOREWORD (verso blank); xiii-xv text of foreword (verso blank); (1) fly-title (verso blank); 3-325 text (verso blank); (327-328) Critical opinion of James Branch Cabell; pp. (329-334) Publisher's advertisements.


Blue cloth, orange lettering and decorations on cover and spine, top edge trimmed and stained red, else untrimmed. Spine: [decorated rule] | JURGEN | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [decorated rule] | THE BODLEY HEAD. Front cover: [all enclosed in a decorated ruled box] JURGEN | JAMES | BRANCH CABELL (see image above).


TO | BURTON RASCOE | [dedication in acrostic verse of three quatrains] (see image above).

Dust jacket:

White paper, black lettering. two color illustration on front panel (see image above).


Front panel: [full panel illustration by Frank C. Papé; text within illustration] [in white] JURGEN | [in pink] James Branch Cabell

Rear panel: [all enclosed in single ruled box] [advertisement for At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France | [rule] JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LTD., VIGO ST., W 1

Front flap: [all enclosed in single ruled box] [advertisement for The Flight by Muriel Hine] | JOHN LANE | The Bodley Head Ltd.

Rear flap: [all enclosed in single ruled box] [advertisement for The Destined Way by Meredith Watson] | JOHN LANE | The Bodley Head Ltd.