James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

JURGEN: A Comedy of Justice
McBride Printings

Hall Code
Jur-E2 (RS)
Red Binding, Storisende Text 1932















Full Title:

Title page recto: Jurgen | A Comedy of Justice | [double rule] | BY | JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [Kalki device] | [double rule] | NEW YORK : MCMXXXII | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1919, 1928 | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Co., 1932


Medium octavo [22.9 cm. (9 in.) x 15.2 cm. (6 in.)]; (i) title page; (ii) publication data; (iii) dedication (verso blank); (v) quotations (verso blank); (vii)-(xvii) [xi]-[xxi] Author's Note (signed by the author, verso blank); (xix)-(xx) [xxiii]-[xxiv] Contents; (xxi) fly-title, A Foreword (verso blank); (xxiii)-(xxv) [xxvii]-[xxix] text of A Foreword (verso blank); (1) fly-title (verso blank); 3-371 text (verso blank).

Note: Beginning with page (vii), which is numbered as p. [xi], the preliminary pages are paginated incorrectly. This is because they were originally numbered for the Storisende Edition. In this collation, the correct pagination for the prelims is given in (parentheses), while the numeration as printed is given in [brackets].


Red cloth, gilt lettering and decorations on spine and front cover; all edges trimmed, tops gilded. Spine: JURGEN | [rule] | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | McBRIDE. Front cover: [Kalki device, centered within decorative border originally drawn by Frank Papé for the American illustrated edition of Domnei, Dom-D1 (P) (see image above)].


[in italic] To | BURTON RASCOE | [12-line acrostic verse in three stanzas] (see image above).

Dust jacket:

Gold paper, with black lettering and decorations. Both the front and rear panels are enclosed in the same Papé border used for the front cover, with Papé illustrations within the borders on both front and rear. The drawing of "Comstock's Paradise" used for this jacket may be original to this edition; we have not been able to identify any previous publication (see image above).

Spine:[triple rule] | JURGEN | [triple rule] | [rule] JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [rule] | [rule] | McBRIDE | [rule]

Front panel: [illustration enclosed in decorative border, both drawn by Frank Papé. See note above.]

Rear panel: [same as front panel]

Front flap: [flush right] Net $5.00 | [rule] THE WORKS OF | [in italic] James Branch Cabell | [list of 18 Cabell titles published by McBride] | [rule] | ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY | [in italic] Publishers New York

Rear flap: [rule] | [advertisement for Travel Magazine | [rule] | [rule] | [coupon for Book News] | [rule]


For a more detailed discussion of the "Red Storisendes", see our page on The "Red Storisende" Bindings.