James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CREAM OF THE JEST: A Comedy of Evasions
Modern Library Printings

Hall Code
*CoJ-D8 (ML)
Eighth Modern Library Printing, Spring 1935



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Full Title:

Title page recto type "G": [All enclosed in a double rule] THE CREAM OF | THE JEST | [rule] | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | INTRODUCTION | BY | HAROLD WARD | [rule] | Bernhard Torchbearer device | [rule} | THE MODERN LIBRARY | PUBLISHERS : NEW YORK (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] Copyright, 1917, by | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [double rule] [in italic]Manufactured in the United | States of America | [in italic] Bound for The Modern Library, Inc., by H. Wolff (see image above).


New York; no date. Catalog at rear, printed contiguously with the text, can be dated to Spring 1935 (catalog includes Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun, but not Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann).


Sextodecimo [16.8 cm. (6 5/8-inches) x 10.8 cm. (4 1/4-inches)]. [i] half-title; [ii] advt; [iii] title; [iv] copyright; [v] line drawing; [vi] blank; [vii] dedication; [viii] blank; ix-xii INTRODUCTION; [xiii - xv] Contents; [xvi] blank; [1] The | Cream | of | the Jest; [2] [rule] | BOOK FIRST | [8 line poem] | [rule]; 3-250 text; [251-256] catalog; [257] blank leaf.


Toledano/Kamins binding Style 7. Balloon cloth in brown or blue. This binding has been reported in red, brown, green, and blue for other titles, so other colors are possible. Spine all in gilt: THE | CREAM | OF THE | JEST| [Rule] | CABELL | ML device | MODERN | LIBRARY. Front in gilt: Kent Torchbearer device (slightly smaller than Style 5). (see image above).


Line drawing by James Branch Cabell: The Sigil of Scotia (see image above).


TO | LOUISA NELSON | [in italic] "At me ab amore tuo diducet | nulla senectus." (see image above).


Kent design endpapers as used on Modern Library titles 1929-1967 (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Style DJ-G dust jacket, cream paper with blue bands, with style e rear panel. This jacket can be dated to Spring 1935 by the catalog on the inside (includes Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun, but not Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann).

Dust Jacket Outside:

Spine: [wide blue band] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [narrow blue band] | [vertically down spine] THE CREAM OF THE JEST | Bernhard Torchbearer device | [narrow blue band] | 126 | [wide blue band].

Front Panel: [wide blue band] | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [narrow blue band] | THE CREAM | OF THE JEST | Bernhard Torchbearer device | With an introduction by HAROLD WARD| 4 lines text | [narrow blue band] | THE MODERN LIBRARY | [wide blue band].

Rear Panel: [wide blue band] This Coupon Will Bring Your Choice | [in italic] of any of these | 236 MODERN LIBRARY TITLES | [narrow blue band] | [enclosed within dashed lines] multi-line Order Form | [vertically up left side of form] CUT OUT ALONG DOTTED LINES | [narrow blue line] | THE MODERN LIBRARY INC., NEW YORK | [in italic] In Canada THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA, LTD. Toronto | [wide blue band].

Front Flap: [wide blue band] | MODERN LIBRARY BOOKS | 95 CENTS A COPY | The success of this book in more expensive editions | has paid for the plate investment and makes pos- | sible the Modern Library edition at this low price. | [narrow blue band] | The Cream of the Jest | [in italic] By James Branch Cabell | 17 lines of advertising material | [device of four stars | 3 lines of advertising material | [in italic] (continued on last flap) | [narrow blue band] | [in italic] Look inside jacket [arrow device] | [wide blue band].

Rear Flap: [wide blue band] | ON THE INSIDE OF THIS JACKET IS A LIST, | ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY BY AUTHORS, OF | ALL THE TITLES IN THE MODERN LIBRARY. | IT IS WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION. | [narrow blue band] | [in italic] (continued from first flap) | 26 lines of advertising material |[narrow blue band] |[arrow device] [in italic] Look inside jacket | [wide blue band].

Dust Jacket Inside:

WHICH OF THESE 236 OUTSTANDING BOOKS DO YOU WANT TO READ? | [triple rule] | [vertically up the left side of the page The Convenient Coupon on The Other Side Brings You | Your Choice of These Books | [a vertical line] | 6 column listing of titles in The Modern Library; central 2 columns are bisected by a single rule, with listing of 21 Modern Library Giant titles below | [a vertical line] [vertically down the right side of the page] This is a Complete List of Modern Library Books (see image above).


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.