James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography


Hall Code
Riv-A8 (K)
Eighth Printing 1928















Full Title:

Title page recto: THE RIVET | IN GRANDFATHER'S | NECK | [in italic] 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." | [McBride Liberty Bell device] | NEW YORK | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | 1928 (see image above).

Title page verso: REVISED EDITION, COPYRIGHT, 1921 | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | PUBLISHED OCTOBER, 1915 | [in italic] Eighth Printing, September, 1928 | THE RIVET IN GRANDFATHER'S NECK | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., September 1928


Crown octavo [20 cm. (7⅝-inches) x 14 cm. (5½-inches)]; 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); Introduction, as by Richard Fentnor Harrowby (JBC)*; (11) fly-title; (12) uncredited sonnet*; 13-368 text. Pp. (11), (45), (79), (115), (163), (191), (241), (273), (319), and (353) are fly-titles. Pp. (6), (8), (78), (114), (240), and (272) are blank.

*With this printing, the sonnet previously printed here was replaced by the new introduction by Richard Fentnor Harrowby (pseud. of JBC)


Modified Kalki binding (see note below): red brick cloth, gilt lettering and decorations on spine, front cover blank, all edges trimmed. Spine: THE RIVET | IN | GRAND- | FATHER'S | NECK | [rule] | CABELL | McBRIDE (see image above).


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

Dust jacket:

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

Spine: THE RIVET | IN | GRAND- | FATHER'S | NECK | [double rule] | JAMES | BRANCH |CABELL | [in italic] Eighth | Printing | [McBride Liberty Bell device] | McBRIDE

Front panel: THE RIVET IN | GRANDFATHER'S | NECK | [in italic] A Comedy of Limitations | By JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [20-line review of Mr. Cabell's works] | [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] | [double rule] | [in italic] Apply to your bookseller for further information | concerning the Storisende Edition.


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.

In the latter half of the 1920s, for no clear reason*, some printings in McBride's Kalki series were issued in bindings that lacked the “Kalki logo” in the lower right corner of the front board. In other ways – size, trim, cloth and the characteristic brick-brown color – they were the same as the standard Kalki bindings which did bear the logo. The generally meticulous Hall makes no mention of logo-less Kalki bindings – perhaps he just never happened to encounter any, though that would be surprising since such bindings for five different titles have come our way without our seeking them.

Kalki bindings sans logo:
*Chiv-B3a (K) – Chivalry (1926), 3rd printing
*CoV-C5a (K) – The Cords of Vanity (1927), 5th printing
Riv-A8 (K) – The Rivet in Grandfather’s Neck (1928), 8th printing
CH-A4 (K) – The Certain Hour (1929), 4th printing
CoJ-A9(K) – The Cream of the Jest (1930), 9th printing

The 1926 third Kalki printing of Chivalry and 1927 fifth Kalki printing of The Cords of Vanity exist in both states, with and without logo. Therefore we have designated the logo-less issues as binding variants and assigned them new ‘Hall numbers’: *Chiv-B3a (K) and *CoV-B5a (K). The other titles lacking the logo will retain the regular Hall number for their printing until or unless we can verify the existence a copy from that printing bearing the logo.

It is clear that this was not a series-wide policy after 1925, as the new publications of The Silver Stallion (1926) and Something About Eve (1927), as well as reprints of (for instance) Gallantry (1927), Jurgen (1928), and Beyond Life (1930) do display the Kalki logo in the accustomed place.


*We can speculate. Perhaps McBride used several different binderies but possessed a limited number of Kalki ‘stamps’ for impressing the logo. Certain later reprints were assigned to the stamp-less bindery and no one thought it worth the trouble to bring a stamp over from another bindery. It is notable that each of the five logo-less printings represents the final Kalki issue for that title.