James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CERTAIN HOUR (Dizain des Poëtes)

Hall Code
CH-C1 (S)
Storisende Edition 1929














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Full Title:

Title page recto: [wide spaced double rule] | [in red italic] | The Certain Hour | Dizaine des Poètes | [rule] BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [Kalki device] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | NEW YORK · · · · MCMXXIX | [rule] (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1916, 1929, BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., March, 1929


Medium octavo [23.5 cm. (9¼ in.) x 15.9 cm (6¼ in.)]; 1 blank leaf + xxii + 288 pp. + 2 blank leaves; blank leaf (not counted in pagination); (i) blank; (ii) limitation; (iii) series title / half-title; (iv) quotation; (v) title page; (vi) publication data; (vii) dedication (verso blank); ix-xix Author's Note (signed by the author, verso blank); (xxi) Contents (verso blank); (1) beginning statement; (2) quotation; 3-4 Ballad of the Double-Soul; (5) fly-title, Auctorial Induction; (6) quotation; (7) 12-lines of untitled verse in four unequal stanzas (verso blank); 9-30 text of Auctorial Induction; (31) fly-title BOOK ONE; (32) quotation; (33) 10-lines of untitled verse in two stanzas (verso blank); 35-284 text; 285-286 Ballad of Plagiary; (287) Colophon (verso blank); 2 blank leaves (not counted in pagination). Pages (5), (31), (61), (89), (113), (137), (163), (187), (211), (231), (235), and (263) are fly-titles. Pages (i), (viii), (xx), (xxii), (8), (34), (60), (64), (92), (112), (116), (136), (140), (162), (166), (190), (210), (214), (234), (238), (262), (266), and (288) are blank.


Dark green cloth; gilt decorations and lettering on spine; top edges trimmed and gilded, otherwise untrimmed. Spine: [double rule] | THE WORKS | OF | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | XI | THE | CERTAIN | HOUR | McBRIDE | [double rule]. Front cover: [all enclosed in a single line blind rule] [centered Kalki device in blind, enclosed in a double ruled circle in blind].


OF THIS eleventh volume of the Storisende | Edition of the works of JAMES BRANCH | CABELL fifteen hundred & ninety copies have | been printed, of which fifteen hundred and | fifty are for sale in the United States | and England | [in italic] This copy is number [handwritten in red] 1389 (see image above).


[in italic] To | ROBERT GAMBLE CABELL II | [sixteen line dedicatory verse in four quatrains] (see image above).


This eleventh volume of the Storisende Edition of | the works of JAMES BRANCH CABELL, containing | THE CERTAIN HOUR (first published in November, | 1916), was designed by William Dana Orcutt and | printed and bound at The Plimpton Press, Norwood, | Massachusetts. It was completed in February, 1929, | after which the type was destroyed. Issued in March, | 1929, by Robert M. McBride & Company | New York (see image above).

Dust jacket / Box:

Individual volumes of the Storisende Edition were not issued in dust jackets. Instead, each was wrapped in tissue and sealed. Early volumes in this set were sealed with adhesive paper dots. Later volumes were simply sealed with adhesive tape. Slipcases were provided for each group of three volumes issued together. The slipcases were sturdy cardboard covered in forest green paper, each with a paper label (see image of label above). For more information and photos, see the page for The Works of James Branch Cabell.


This is Volume XI of the Storisende Edition of the Works of James Branch Cabell.