Cabell's Contributions to Books: Reprints in Books

Edited by Angus Burrell and Bennett Cerf

Hall Code
Cabell Contribution(s)
First Edition (numerous
printings known)
Porcelain Cups








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Full Title:

Title page recto: AN ATHOLOGY | OF FAMOUS | AMERICAN STORIES | [line of chevrons pointing right] | EDITED BY | ANGUS BURRELL | AND | BENNETT CERF | [Bernhard torchbearer] | [line of chevrons pointing right] | THE MODERN LIBRARY | NEW YORK (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1936, BY THE MODERN LIBRARY, INC. | COPYRIGHT, 1939, BY RANDOM HOUSE, INC. | COPYRIGHT, 1940, BY RANDOM HOUSE, INC. | COPYRIGHT, 1953, BY RANDOM HOUSE, INC. | LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG NUMBER: 53-9916 | [device of Random House logo] | THE MODERN LIBRARY | IS PUBLISHED BY | RANDOM HOUSE, INC. | BENNETT A. CERF · DONALD S. KLOPFER · ROBERT K. HAAS | [in italic] Manufactured in the United States of America | By H. Wolff (see image above).


New York. The Modern Library. The last copyright date on the verso of the title page is 1953, but based on the catalog at the rear, this particular copy dates to Fall 1956 (includes An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, but not Stoic and Epicurean Philosophers).


Crown octavo [20.8 cm. (8 3/16-inches) x 14.5 cm. (5 ¼-inches)]. [i] fly-title (verso blank); [iii] title verso; [iv] publication data; v-viii Contents; ix-xi Acknowledgements (verso blank); xiii-xvii Introduction (verso blank); [1] half-title (verso blank); pp. 3-1306 text; [1307] Half title: Biographical Notes (verso blank); [1309]-1340 Biographical Notes; [1341-1342] catalog.


Toledano style G5 in grey cloth: decorations and lettering in gilt on a red field; all edges trimmed; tops stained red. Spine: [within a red field] [double rule in gilt] AN ANTHOLOGY | OF FAMOUS | AMERICAN | STORIES | BURRELL | AND | CERF | [in italic] Modern Library | [double rule in gilt]; [in oval red field edged in gilt] Kent torchbearer in gilt; Front panel: [in oval red field edged in gilt] Kent torchbearer in gilt (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Style Gd rear panel. Blue background on spine and front panel (see image above).

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Spine: [all on a blue background]; [in a white field bordered in black], [script-style text in blue] An | Anthology | of Famous | American | Stories | [rule in black] | [script-style text in grey] EDITED BY | Angus Burrell and | Bennett Cerf; [script-style text in white ] G77 | [Modern Library Giant device, white on a grey field]

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Although this was not the first time "Porcelain Cups" was collected in a short story anthology (it was selected for the O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories 1919, Hall B2, 1920), we have included it in this section because it was the only Cabell short story to appear in an anthology issued by the Modern Library. This was the also last Modern Library title to include a contribution by James Branch Cabell. An unknown number of printings were issued between 1953 and the 1970s, and during this period at least two later bindings were used in addition to the first binding as shown here. The Silver Stallion has not seen these bindings.

For an explanation of the terms used on this page that are specific to The Modern Library, see the Cabell in The Modern Library page.

Custom Binding:

binding amscocatalog amscoendpapers amscoThis title is also known in a limp brown leather binding, decorated in gilt, issued by The American Mineral Spirit Company (AMSCO), as a gift. This binding is in brown morocco, elaborately gilt decorated, with marbled endpapers, corners of the pages rounded, all edges gilt. There is no indication of who produced the binding. However, we regard it as very unlikely that this binding was done for AMSCO by the publishers, which the Modern Library is known to have done for some companies. AMSCO issued a number of books in this same binding over the period from the 1940s to the mid-60s, and this is the only Modern Library title we have seen among them. Given the complexity of the decoration, which required custom gilding tools, it seems most likely that AMSCO would have used the same binder for all of these titles.

Based on the catalog at the end, this copy dates to Spring 1956 (includes The Wisdom of Israel but not An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser).

It is not clear whether AMSCO purchased unbound copies from the Modern Library for custom binding, or if they bought complete copies and had them rebound. For this reason, The Silver Stallion has chosen to list this issue, for now at least, as a curiosity only, rather than as a legitimate original binding for this title. If any reader has information that can clarify this question, we would be delighted to hear from you.