James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CREAM OF THE JEST: A Comedy of Evasions
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CoJ-E1 (S)
Storisende Edition 1930














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Full Title:

Title page recto: [wide spaced double rule] | [in red italic] | The Cream of the Jest : The | Lineage of Lichfield | Two Comedies of Evasion | [rule] BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [Kalki device] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | NEW YORK · · · · MCMXXX | [rule] (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1917, 1922, 1930 BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., March, 1930


Medium octavo [23.5 cm. (9¼ in.) x 15.9 cm (6¼ in.)]; xxxii + 300 pp.; vii-xxi Author's Note (signed by the author, verso blank); xxiii-xxv Contents of The Cream of the Jest (verso blank); xxvii Contents of The Lineage of Lichfield (verso blank); (xxix) half-title, The Cream of the Jest (verso blank); (xxxi) dedication, The Cream of the Jest (verso blank); (1) fly-title, PART ONE; (2) quotation; 3-243 text, The Cream of the Jest (verso blank); (245) half-title, The Lineage of Lichfield (verso blank); (247) fly-title, The Epistle Dedicatory; (248) quotation; 249-259 text of The Epistle Dedicatory (verso blank); (261) fly-title; (262) quotation; 263-285 text; 286-287 Bibliographic Summary (verso blank); (289) fly-title, An Epilogue; (290) quotation; 291-298 text of An Epilogue; (299) Publisher's colophon, (verso blank). Pages (1), (33), (89), (119), (163), (209), (237), (247), (261), and (288) are fly-titles. Pages (xviii), (xxii), (xxiv), (xxvi), (xxviii), (88), (208), (244), (246), (260), (287), and (300) 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 | XVI | CREAM OF | THE JEST | [rule] | LINEAGE OF | LICHFIELD | 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 sixteenth volume of the Storisende | Edition of the works of JAMES BRANCH | CABELL fifteen hundred and 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] 307 (see image above).

Frontispiece (for The Cream of the Jest):

The Sigil of Scotia, a drawing by James Branch Cabell (see image above).

Also see the discussion on the Sigil of Scotia on the index page for The Cream of the Jest.


The Cream of the Jest: [in italic] To | LOUISA NELSON | "AT ME AB AMORE TUO DIDUCET |NULLA SENECTUS." (see image above).

The Lineage of Lichfield: p. 247, fly-title, THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY | TO LEWIS GALANTIÈRE (verso blank); 249-259 text of The Epistle Dedicatory (verso blank).


This sixteenth volume of the Storisende Edition of | the works of JAMES BRANCH CABELL, containing THE CREAM OF THE JEST (first published in Sep- | tember, 1917) and THE LINEAGE OF LICHFIELD | (first published in April, 1922), was designed by | William Dana Orcutt and printed and bound at The | Plimpton Press, Norwood, Massachusetts. It was com- | pleted in February, 1930, after which the type was | destroyed. Issued in March, 1930, 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 XVI of the Storisende Edition of the Works of James Branch Cabell.