James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

FIGURES OF EARTH: A Comedy of Appearances

Hall Code
FoE-E1 (S)
Storisende Edition 1927














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Full Title:

Title page recto: [wide spaced double rule] | [in red italic] | Figures of Earth | A Comedy of Appearances | [rule] BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [Kalki device] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | NEW YORK · · · · MCMXXVII | [rule] (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1921, 1927, BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., September, 1927


Medium octavo [23.5 cm. (9¼ in.) x 15.9 cm (6¼ in.)]; 1 blank leaf + xxv + 296 pp.; 1 unnumbered leaf; (i) blank; (ii) limitation; (iii) half-title; (iv) verse; (v) title page; (vi) publication data; (vii) volume dedication (verso blank); ix-xvi Author's Note (signed by the author); xvii-xviii Contents; (xix) fly-title & dedication A FOREWORD (verso blank); xxii-xxv text of A FOREWORD (verso blank); (1) fly-title & dedication PART ONE; (2) quotation; 3-68 text of PART ONE; (69) fly-title & dedication PART TWO; (70) quotation; 71-114 text of PART TWO; (115) fly-title & dedication PART THREE; (116) quotation; 117-171 text of PART THREE (verso blank); (173) fly-title & dedication PART FOUR; (174) quotation; 175-234 text of PART FOUR; (235) fly-title & dedication PART FIVE; (236) quotation;237-293 text of PART FIVE (verso blank); (296) Colophon (verso 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 | II | FIGURES | OF | EARTH | 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 second volume of the Storisende Edi- | tion 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] 82 (see image above).


[in italic ] To | SIX MOST GALLANT CHAMPIONS | Is dedicated this history of a champion less to | repay than to acknowledge large debts to each of | them, collectively at outset, as hereafter seriatim (see image above).

There are additional dedications for each of the books on the fly-titles.


This second volume of the Storisende Edition of the | works of JAMES BRANCH CABELL, containing FIGURES | OF EARTH (first published in February, 1921), was de- | signed by William Dana Orcutt and printed and bound | at The Plimpton Press, Norwood, Massachusetts. It | was completed in August, 1927, after which the type was destroyed. Issued in September, 1927, | 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 II of the Storisende Edition of the Works of James Branch Cabell.