James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

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

Hall Code
Jur-A20 (K)
Twentieth Printing 1927















Full Title:

Title page recto: JURGEN | [in italic] A Comedy of Justice | 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." | [McBride Liberty Bell device] | NEW YORK | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | 1927 (see image above).

Title page verso: Copyright, 1919 | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL| [in italic] Published, September, 1919 | Twentieth Printing, September, 1927 | JURGEN: THE KALKI EDITION | [rule] PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. Mc Bride & Co., September, 1927


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: JURGEN | [rule] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [in italic] Twentieth | Large | Printing | [McBride Liberty Bell device] | McBRIDE

Front panel: TWENTIETH LARGE PRINTING | JURGEN | [in italic] A Comedy of Justice | BY |JAMES BRANCH CABELL |

"Cabell is a writer with style as individ- | ual and alive as Anatole France's. It is | flexible, humorous, dramatic, - above all, per- | sonal. That of itself, in these days of sloppy | and colorless writing is enough to make Cabell | important: but any man who can plan a book | of 'Jurgen's' kind on so extensive a scale and | then carry it through without making it lab- | ored 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 | [double rule] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | Publishers: SEVEN WEST SIXTEENTH STREET : NEW YORK .

Rear panel: THE KALKI EDITION OF THE WORKS OF | [in italic] James Branch Cabell | [decorated rule] | [list of 17 Cabell titles published in the Kalki Edition] | [in italic] Each, Cloth, $2.50 net | [decorated rule] | [in italic] Robert M. McBride & Company | PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Front flap: [flush right] Net $2.50 | THE | [in italic] Storisende Edition | OF THE WORKS OF | James Branch Cabell | 33-line advertisement for the Storisende Edition in four paragraphs | [double rule] | CHRONOLOGY | [device of three dots] | [list of the first three titles in the Storisende Edition] | [flush right, in italic] (Continued on back flap of this jacket)

Rear flap: CHRONOLOGY | [in italic] (Continued from the front flap) | [device of three dots] | [list of the remaining titles projected for the Storisende Edition, including The Witch Woman as number 17] | [double rule] | [in italic] Apply to your bookseller for further information | concerning the Storisende Edition.