James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography


Hall Code
First Printing, Flexible Binding 1905















Full Title:

Title page recto: [all enclosed in an orange ornamental floral border] The Line of Love | by [enclosed in orange floral decoration] | James Branch Cabell | [orange floral decoration] | illustrated in color by | [orange floral decoration] | HOWARD PYLE | [orange floral decoration] | "Ludit amor sensus, oculos perstringit, et aufert | Libertatum animi, mira nos fascinat arte. | Credo aliquis dæmon subiens præcordia flammam | Concitat, et raptam tollit de cardine mentem" | [Harper's emblem enclosed in orange floral decoration] | NEW YORK AND LONDON | HARPER & BROTHERS | PUBLISHERS :: MCMV (see image above).

Title page verso: [all enclosed in a single line box] Copyright, 1905, by HARPER & BROTHERS. | [line] | [in italic] All rights reserved. | Published September, 1905 (see image above).


New York and London; Harper & Brothers; September, 1905


Demy octavo [21.3 cm. (8 7/16 in.) x 14.2 cm. (5 9/16 in.)], xi + 292 with 10 tipped-in color plates.

Blank recto, followed by color frontispiece on verso, with plain tissue guard; (i) title page; (ii) copyright page;  (iii) dedication (verso blank); (v) Contents (verso blank); (vii) Illustrations (verso blank); ix-(xii) Epistle Dedicatory; text (1)-(291); (292) blank. Pages (1), (43), (77), (117), (165), (207), and (251) are fly-titles. Pages (2), (44), (76), (78), (116), (118), (166), (208), (250, and (252) are blank.


Red flexible cloth; lettering in black on front and spine. All edges trimmed. Front cover: [line] The Line of Love | James Branch Cabell | [line]. Spine: [line] | The | Line | of | Love | J. B. | Cabell | Harpers | [line].


Painting by Howard Pyle of a jester in motley, playing a lute; subscribed " 'scant heed had we of the fleet, sweet hours' ". Protected by a plain glassine sheet (see image above). This illustration origInally appeared in the August, 1903, issue of Harpers Monthly Magazine, as an illustration for "The Castle of Content". It was there subscribed [in italic] "SMALL HEED HAD WE OF THE FLEET, SWEET HOURS".


[all enclosed in an orange ornamental floral border] TO | Robert Gamble Cabell | (1809-1889) | "He loved chivalrye, | Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisye, | And of his port as meek as is a mayde, | He never yet no vilein ne said | In al his lyf, unto no maner wight | He was a verray parfit gentil knyght" (see image above).


Orange floral design on upper left and lower right corners of each page, on a cream background (see image above).

Dust jacket:

It is not known if this issue was provided with a dustjacket.


The exact nature of the flexible binding of The Line of Love (and of Chivalry) is not known. It has been suggested that these are remainder bindings, but it seems more likely that they were advance copies, as the binding and presentation more resembles an in-house reading or review copy than an issue for general sale.  Not being bound in boards, and with all edges trimmed, the size is about 1-cm (0.4 in) shorter and the same amount narrower than the other states

Preliminary pages, fly-titles, and all pages of text are enclosed in orange ornamental floral borders.