James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

SONNETS FROM ANTAN, with an editorial Note by James Branch Cabell

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First Printing 1929


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Full Title:

Half title: SONNETS FROM ANTAN | [author's signature] (see image above).

Title page recto: [all enclosed in a decoration of an arched gateway printed in gilt] [above the gateway, in gilt italic] "Nothing is true anywhere in the Marches of Antan. | All is a seeming and an echo: | and through this superficies men come to know | the untruth which makes them free." | [within the gateway, in black decorative script] Sonnets | from Antan | with an | Editorial Note | by | James Branch | Cabell | [enclosed in a gilt box below the gateway, in gilt] 1929 THE FOUNTAIN PRESS [in italic] New York (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT 1929 BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | PRINTED IN THE U. S. A. (see image above).


New York: The Fountain Press, June, 1929.


Medium octavo [23.2 cm. (9⅛ in.) x 15.9 cm. (6¼ in.)]; 4 blank leaves (not counted in pagination); pp. (xviii) + (26), all pages unnumbered; (i) half-title, signed by Mr. Cabell (verso blank); (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v)), ( dedication (verso blank); (vii-xvi) text of Editorial Note; (xvii) fly-title; (xviii) two line quotation; (1)-(22) text; (23) colophon (verso blank). Pages (2), (4), (6), (8), (10), (12), (14), (16), (20), (24), (25), and (26) are blank.


Quarter bound with white linen spine over diced grey paper boards; grey paper spine label, front cover blank; top edge trimmed, else untrimmed. Spine label: [lettered vertically up in black, enclosed in a decorated gilt single ruled box] Cabell : Sonnets from Antan (see image above).


[in italic] for | JAMES • R • WELLS | who has made possible | the commemoration of my fiftieth birthday | in a fashion so elaborate (see image above).


[in italic] Of this book seven hundred and eighteen copies, of which | six hundred and seventy-six are for sale, have been printed | at The Grabhorn Press, in April, 1929. Distributed in | America by Random House, and in Great Britain by | Grant Richards and Humphrey Toulmin at The Cayne | Press. Ltd. Portrait by William H. Cotton. Each copy | signed by the author. | [device of stylized dolphin above a horn] | This is copy no. [handwritten in black] 150 (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Issued in plain glassine dust jacket (see images above).


This title was issued as a celebration of Mr. Cabell's fiftieth birthday, as noted in the dedication to James Wells. The portrait of "Gerald Musgrave" at the start of the Editorial Note, by William Cotton, bears Mr. Cabell's likeness. The conceit of the work is that these six sonnets were written by Gerald Musgrave as he travelled toward Antan, as told in Something About Eve, Hall Eve-A1. Each sonnet, except the first, is followed by a page or two of notes, written in a tongue-in-cheek academic style, complete with spurious references to Mr. Cabell's usual "authorities."