James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

DOMNEI: A Comedy of Woman-Worship

Hall Code
Dom-D1 (P)
First Illustrated Edition 1930





















Full Title:

Title page recto: [all enclosed in a decorative border by Frank Papé] DOMNEI | [in italic] A Comedy of Woman-Worship | By | James Branch Cabell | Illustrated by Frank C. Papé | [in italic] "En cor gentil | domnei per | mort no passa." | New York | Robert M. McBride & Company | 1930 (see image above).

Title page verso: COPYRIGHT, 1920, 1926, 1928, BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | FIRST PUBLISHED, SEPTEMBER, 1913 | ILLUSTRATED EDITION, OCTOBER, 1930 | [in italic] [First Impression] | Illustrations Reproduced in Photogravure | by Elson Company, Inc., Belmont, Massachusetts | THE PLIMPTON PRESS · NORWOOD · MASSACHUSETTS | [rule] | PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (see image above).


New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, October, 1930


Small royal octavo [24.3 cm. (9 9/16 in.) x 16.5 cm. (6½ in.)]; xx + 252 pp.; (i) half-title; (ii) Books by Mr. Cabell; (leaf not counted in pagination) recto blank, verso frontispiece; (iii) title page; (iv) publication data; (v) dedication (verso blank); (vii) quotation (verso blank); ix-x Contents; xi Illustrations (verso blank); (xiii) fly-title, Critical Comment (verso blank); xv-xvii text of Critical Comment (verso blank); (xix) The Argument; (xx) quotation; (1) half-title PART ONE; (2) chapter heading (illustration); 3-235 text of Domnei (verso blank); (237) fly-title, THE AFTERWORD; (238) quotation; 239-246 text of THE AFTERWORD; (247) fly-title, BIBLIOGRAPHY; (248) quotation; 249-252 text of BIBLIOGRAPHY. Pages (xiii), (1), (9), (15), (27), (35), (41), (47), (57), (65), (73), (81), (87), (93), (101), (111), (119), (125), (135), (141), (149), (157), (165), (173), (183), (189), (197), (203), (209), (217), (226), (237), and (247) are fly-titles. The versos of fly-titles on pages (1) through (217) are chapter headings (full page illustrations integral with the text block). Pages (vi), (14), (26), (56), (64), (92), (100), (124), (134), (140), (148), (156), (188), (208), (216), (234), and (236) are blank. Ten tipped-in illustrations face pages (iii), 18, 24, 38, 52, 84, 116, 132, 176, and 228. All tipped-in illustrations including the frontispiece are protected by unmarked tissue guards.


Black cloth, gilt lettering and decorations on spine and front cover; top edge trimmed and stained red, else untrimmed. Spine: DOMNEI | [rule] | CABELL | McBRIDE. Front cover: [all enclosed in a decorative border by Frank Papé] DOMNEI | [in italic] A Comedy of Woman-Worship | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | ILLUSTRATED BY FRANK C. PAPÉ (see image above).


illustration by Frank Papé: "Then Demetrious went into the sacred grove | upon the hillsides." (protected by unmarked tissue guard) (see image above).


[in italic] To | SARAH READ McADAMS | IN GRATITUDE AND AFFECTION (see image above).


Tan paper printed in sepia. Mirror image illustrations by Frank Papé: Melicent, holding aloft the lamp of Ahasuerus, is descending the Queen's Stairway to the Court of Stars, with Perion standing at the foot over the body of Orestes (see image above).

Dust jacket / Slipcase:

Gold paper dust jacket with black lettering and decorations (see image above).

Spine: DOMNEI | [rule] | CABELL | [McBride Liberty Bell device] | McBRIDE

Front panel: [all enclosed in a decorative border by Frank Papé] DOMNEI | [in italic] A Comedy of Woman-Worship | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | ILLUSTRATED BY FRANK C. PAPÉ

Rear panel: THE KALKI EDITION OF THE WORKS OF | [in italic] James Branch Cabell | [decorated rule] | [list of 18 titles] | [in italic] Each, Cloth, $2.50 net | [decorated rule] | [in decorative script] Robert M. McBride & Company | PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Front flap: [flush right, in italic] $5.00 net | [rule] | [device] | ILLUSTRATED EDITION | WITH TEN FULL-PAGE DRAWINGS | AND THIRTY CHAPTER | HEADINGS BY | FRANK C. PAPÉ

Rear flap: blank

Slipcase: Issued in a pasteboard slipcase covered in gold paper with black decorations and lettering, matching the dust jacket in design. The spine is identical to the spine of the dust jacket, while both panels are identical to the jacket's front panel (see image above).


It's interesting to note that the title list on the rear panel of the dust jacket includes The Way of Ecben with the Kalki Edition, even though this title was never issued in the Kalki binding.