Cabell's Contributions to Books


Hall Code
Cabell Contribution(s)
A11a (E7)
Second Printing 1925
A Map of Poictesme








mapdust jacket







Full Title:

Title page recto: JAMES BRANCH | CABELL | [in italic] By | CARL VAN DOREN | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | NEW YORK :: :: :: :: :: :: 1925 (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1925, BY | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & CO. | [rule] | [in italic] Printed in the United | States of America | [rule] | First printing, February, 1925 | Second printing, November, 1925 (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co.; 1925


Large duodecimo [19.6 cm. (7¾-in.) x 13.4 cm. ( 5¼-in.)]; vi + 88 + 1 blank leaf; (i) half-title; (ii) List of Books; (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) CONTENTS (verso blank); 1-83 text (verso blank); 85-87 THE BOOKS OF JAMES BRANCH CABELL (verso blank), one blank leaf.


Black cloth; gilt lettering on spine; blind-stamped decoration on front cover; top edge trimmed else untrimmed. Spine: [straight rule above decorated rule] MODERN | AMERICAN | WRITERS | [decorated rule above straight rule] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [device] | VAN DOREN | [straight rule above decorated rule] Mc BRIDE | decorated rule above straight rule] (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Cream paper; sepia brown lettering, decorations, and illustration (see image above).

Spine: [rule] | MODERN | AMERICAN | WRITERS | [rule] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | VAN DOREN | [Kalki device] | McBRIDE

Front panel: [all enclosed in a single ruled box] JAMES BRANCH | CABELL | [photograph of Mr. Cabell] | [in italic] By | CARL VAN DOREN

Rear panel: [all enclosed in a single ruled box] Modern American Writers | [in italic] Edited by ERNEST BOYD | [list of five titles, each with a short blurb]

Front flap: [flush right] $1.00 net | :: The Books of :: | James Branch Cabell | [double rule] | [list of 15 titles by Mr. Cabell

Rear flap: [double rule] [in italic] Are You Interested in | Book News? | [9-line advertisement] | [double rule] | [coupon] | [double rule]


Other than the printing notice, the 2nd 1925 printing is identical to the 1st.

This short literary biography of James Branch Cabell was written by his friend and editor at McBride, Guy Holt. The first part of the book is Holt's essay, which is followed by a section of reviews of Cabell's works. Perhaps the most interesting part of this work is the map of Poictesme drawn by Cabell himself. See the Maps of Poictesme, *G13, for more detail.