James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

JURGEN: A Comedy of Justice
McBride Printings in the Kalki Binding

Hall Code
Jur-A19 (K)
Nineteenth Printing 1926















Full Title:

Title page recto: Jurgen | [rule broken by the lower portion of the "g"] | [in italic] A Comedy of Justice | [rule] | By |JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic]"Of JURGEN eke they maken mencioun | That of an old wyf gat his youthe agoon, | And gat himselfe a shirte as bright as fyre | Wherein to jape, yet gat not his desire | In any countrie ne condicioun." | NEW YORK | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & CO. | 1926 (see image above).

Title page verso: Copyright, 1919, by | JAMES BRANCH CABELL| [rule] | [in italic] Printed in | The United States of America | Nineteenth Printing | [rule] Published, 1919 (see image above).


New York: Robert M. Mc Bride & Co., 1926


Crown octavo [20 cm. (7⅞ in.) x 14 cm. (5½ in.)]; 2 blank leaves not counted in pagination + (viii) + 368: Pp. 1 blank leaf (not counted in pagination); (i) half-title; (ii) Books by Mr. Cabell ; (iii) title-page; (iv) publication data; (v) dedication; (vi) three quotations attributed to Philip Borsdale, E. Noel Codman, and John Frederick Lewistam); (vii-viii) Contents; (ix) Fly-title (verso blank); (1)-(6) text of A Foreword;(7) fly-title (verso blank); text pp. 9-368; followed by 1 blank leaf (not counted in pagination).


Kalki binding: Red-brown cloth; top edge trimmed, otherwise uncut; gilt lettering and decorations on front cover and spine. Spine: JURGEN | [rule] | CABELL | McBRIDE. Front cover: [Kalki device of a stallion rampant in every member] (see image above).


TO | BURTON RASCOE; followed by dedication in acrostic verse of three quatrains (see image above).

Dust jacket:

White paper, black lettering and decorations (see image above).

Spine: [in italic] JURGEN | device | CABELL | [McBride Liberty Bell device] | [in italic] McBride.

Front panel: [in italic] Nineteenth Large Printing | Jurgen | [next two lines enclosed in lower portion of "g"[ | [in italic] by | James Branch Cabell | "Cabell is a writer with style as individual and alive as | Anatole France's. It is flexible, humorous, dramatic, | - above all, personal. That of itself, in these days of sloppy | and colourless writing is enough to make Cabell important: | but any man who can plan a book of 'Jurgen's' kind on so ex- | tensive a scale and then carry it through without making it | labored and tedious is no small artist. 'Jurgen' is surely a | book that should make Americans proud. I am delighted | with its delicacy and good-temper and tenderness, its fancy | and its wit. If Americans are looking for a book to show to | Europe here it is." | - Hugh Walpole | [rule] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & CO., Publishers | SEVEN WEST SIXTEENTH STREET [device] NEW YORK | [rule].

Rear panel: What the Reviewers Say of | Jurgen | by JAMES BRANCH CABELL | Author of "Beyond Life," "The Cream if the Jest," "The Rivet in Grandfather's | Neck," etc. | [double rule]| [seven reviews of Jurgen from Joseph Hergesheimer, Burton Rascoe in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News, Philadephia Press, New York Tribune, Springfield (Mass.) Union, and Belford Forrest in The Knickerbocker Press] | [in italic] 12 mo. 368 pages. | At All Booksellers | [double rule] |ROBERT M. McBRIDE & CO., [in italic] Publishers | SEVEN WEST SIXTEENTH STREET [two devices] NEW YORK.

Front flap: [flush right] $2.50 net | ARE YOU | INTERESTED IN | BOOK NEWS? | 9 line blurb for McBride | [double rule] publisher's coupon.

Rear flap: The Kalki Edition of | THE WORKS OF | [in italic] James Branch Cabell | [title listing of Mr. Cabell's sixteen previously published works of fiction].