James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography


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First Printing 1915















Full Title:

Title page recto: THE RIVET | IN GRANDFATHER'S | NECK | A Comedy of Limitations | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [in italic] "To this new South, who values her high | past, in chief, as fit foundation of that edifice | whereon she labors day by day, and with | augmenting strokes." | NEW YORK | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | 1915 (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | [line] | Published October, 1915 (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., October 13, 1915.


Crown octavo [20 cm. (7 ⅞ in.) x 12.7 cm. (5 in.)]; pp. 368 (first 12 un-numbered); (1) half title; (2) Books by Mr. Cabell; (3) title page; (4) publication data; (5) Dedication (verso blank); (7) Contents (verso blank); (9) Note (verso blank); (11) fly-title; (12) sonnet, Paul Verville, Nascitur (JBC); 13-368 text. Pages (1), (45), (79), (115), (163), (191), (241), (273), (319), and (353) are fly-titles; pages (78), (114), (240), and (272) are blank.


Red-brown cloth; gilt lettering and decorations; all edges trimmed. Spine: THE RIVET | IN | GRAND- | FATHERS | NECK | [line] | CABELL | Mc BRIDE. Front cover: [completely enclosed in a gilt box] THE RIVET IN | GRANDFATHER'S | NECK | [device of stylized seated Chinese figure] | JAMES BRANCH CABELL (see image above).


TO | PRISCILLA BRADLEY CABELL | [14 line dedicatory verse in two stanzas] (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Front panel: [all enclosed in a heavy line black box] [background of leaves and branches in grey and white] [in decorative italic] The Rivet in | Grandfather's | Neck | A Novel of the | Passing South | One of the Strangest and Most Sig-| nificant Books Ever Written by an | American. A Novel That Will Appeal | to All Who Want Human Values in | Their Reading. | [in decorative italic] James Branch Cabell

Rear panel: [all enclosed in a double line box] 4 line quotation | [in italic] from Hans Andersen's "The Shepherdess and the Sweep." | 4 line quotation | [image of a pottery depiction of the sweep, the Chinese grandfather, and the shepherdess on a base incised 'THE RIVET IN GRANDFATHER'S NECK" | The Rivet in | Grandfather's Neck | By JAMES BRANCH CABELL | 15 line blurb | [in italic] 12mo. $1.35 net. | [line] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & CO. | PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Front flap: blank.

Rear flap: blank. (see image above).

Note: The dust jacket shown on this page was actually found on the copy of Riv-B2 also shown in this bibliography. Although we haven't seen a copy of Riv-A1 in dust jacket, we are confident that this is the correct jacket for this issue. We would welcome either confirmation or contradiction of this statement.


adThis was the first of James Branch Cabell's books to be published by Robert McBride, with whom he had a long and successful relationship.

The advertisement at left was published in the January, 1916, issue of McBride's Magazine.

The quotation on the title page was adapted from "The New Virginia," by James Branch Cabell, originally published in Julia Wyatt Bullard's Jamestown Tributes and Toasts, 1907, Hall A2.