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The Rabble Discuss Cabell: James Branch Cabell &c

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1amdew11
Edited: Jun 19, 11:13am Top

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2amdew11
Edited: Oct 2, 8:44pm Top

Hi everyone, thanks to Bill and John I found this board. I've come across a large collection of unique Cabell pieces. If you're interested, read Bill's post below and either message me here or e-mail me. Send me any questions you have.

3Crypto-Willobie
Jun 19, 9:36pm Top

Hi amdew -- I've posted a message on your LT profile page....

4Crypto-Willobie
Edited: Oct 3, 8:54am Top

There are many interesting Cabell items still available from the Oriel collection. As of today there are about two dozen items signed and/or inscribed by Cabell, and about a dozen with the bookplate, stamp or initials of Montgomery Evans II, friend of Cabell, Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Aleister Crowley and others https://archives.lib.siu.edu/?p=creators/creator&id=366
Evans's bookplate was designed by Sidney Sime, famous weird artist associated with Dunsany, Machen and Wm Hope Hodgson among others.
Arthur Machen and Montgomery Evans : Letters of a Literary Friendship, 1923-1947

To see what's there view this googledoc https://docs.google.com/document/d/13R47twSHneNBkMgY2r_SVQK2gJ7vbS2z6lOplSnI-bA/edit

To inquire about availability or price contact Nick at nickbconfino at hotmail.com

(full disclosure -- I get nothing out of this. just spreading the word)

5elenchus
Oct 2, 8:57pm Top

>4 Crypto-Willobie:

Love Sime's work, especially the illustrations for which Dunsany wrote original stories, published as The Book Of Wonder aka The Last Book of Wonder.

6Crypto-Willobie
Oct 3, 12:50am Top

Oh, I see now I have to 'grant access to view' on googledocs. No prob, c'mon!

7Crypto-Willobie
Edited: Oct 7, 11:44pm Top

This should make it easier... here's the contents of that googledoc pasted in. Kinda long, but...

James Branch Cabell List - Confino/Oriel

For offers, bids or questions contact Nick at nickbconfino at hotmail dot com

This is what’s currently available, as of 2 Oct 2017, from a large Cabell collection that was assembled in the 1930s-1950s, in part by incorporating other collections. About two dozen of these items are signed and/or inscribed by James Branch Cabell. In addition, about a dozen of these items bear the bookplate, stamp or initials of Montgomery Evans II (1901-1954), collector, literary catalyst, and friend of Cabell, Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Walter de la Mare, Aleister Crowley, and many other literary figures of the time. https://archives.lib.siu.edu/?p=creators/creator&id=366
Evans’s book plate was designed by Sidney Sime, who illustrated many of Lord Dunsany’s books and also did work for Arthur Machen and William Hope Hodgson. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Sime

Of course the number of Cabell-signed, and Evans-related items will drop as things are sold.

Other significant collectors represented with bookplates, crests, signatures:
Joseph Fisher Loewi
Henry Eastman Lower
Hyman Oriel
Jean Hersholt well-known actor

THE BOOKS:

6) Joseph Hergesheimer. Bookfellows, 1921. Small paper copy in wraps. In VG+ brown custom slipcase, gold lettering and designs on spine. Inscribed to Montgomery Evans II by Cabell.

7) “The Judging of Jurgen” Bookfellows, 1920. Blue wraps, small paper copy. In VG+ brown custom slipcase, with gold lettering, designs, and says ‘Inscribed Copy’ on spine. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. Cabell inscription inside to Montgomery Evans II dated 20 June 1925.

16) The Silver Stallion with dust jacket (has wear and some tears) has both the Oriel book crest and Joseph Fisher Loewi bookplate. First edition 1926.

17) Preface to the Past with clean dust jacket--only minor wear. First edition. Oriel book crest.

20) Chivalry maroon hardcover. No dust jacket. Revised and enlarged edition 1921. Inscribed by Cabell to W.W. Lange dated 28 March 1925. On title page, Cabell crossed out his name and hand wrote it beneath. Notes: As to W W Lange, he corresponded with Mencken at least once and also had Dreiser inscribe a book to him.

26) The Eagle’s Shadow red hardcover with crisp gold lettering. Clean, beautiful copy. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Published October 1904. Green ink for a lot of the intro. pages and then story is in black. Illustrations throughout.

30) The Rivet in Grandfather’s Neck brown hardcover with gold lettering. No dust jacket. Henry Eastman Lower crest inside cover. First edition. McBride, 1915. Clean copy.

32) Special Delivery in dust jacket. Minor tears around edges. McBride, 1933. Clean copy.

33) The Eagle’s Shadow red hardcover with crisp gold lettering (this is another copy, not the same as item 26). Inside spine cracked near an illustration, with a loose page. No dust jacket. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Published October 1904. Green ink for a lot of the intro. pages and then story is in black. Illustrations throughout.

35) From the Hidden Way brown hardcover. No dust jacket. Henry Eastman Lower crest inside cover. First edition, first issue. McBride, 1916. Clean, nice copy.

37) Jurgen maroon hardcover. No dust jacket. First edition, first printing. 1919. Tucked in back cover folded newspaper article on Jurgen, unknown paper and date, appears to be a review.

38) “A Round-Table in Poictesme” - A symposium with numerous contributors including Cabell (listed first). Limited Edition with a brown dust jacket and a black pattern that frames info. Minor tears to jacket. Privately printed by members of the Colophon Club 1924. Copy no. 188. All of the pieces deal with Cabell.

44) Jurgen black hardcover with gold lettering. Illustrated by Pape. No dust jacket. Edition limited to 3000 copies. It has no specific number. Printed by the Bodley Head--1921.

47) Straws and Prayer Books in black slip case. Black hardcover with Kalki logo on cover. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Large paper edition 330 signed copies. 300 for sale. This is number 146 signed by Cabell. First edition 1924. Rip to hard slipcase. Book in mostly good condition.

52) The High Place in black slipcase. McBride, 1923. No jacket. Illustrated by Pape. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. First edition 2000 copies. This is number 1478. Minor wear to book and case.

53) “James Branch Cabell” by H.L. Mencken. Green hardcover. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. Handwritten name, Robert Garland, on front page. Of the 110 copies, this is 84.

54) The High Place in dark green dust jacket. McBride, 1923. No slipcase. Illustrated by Pape. Some tears to jacket. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. First edition of 2000 copies. This is number 1891.

55) Chivalry red hardcover with elaborate designs on front. No jacket. Harpers 1909. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Second binding. Good looking copy.

56) There Were Two Pirates in clean pink dust jacket. First edition.

59) Jurgen red/brown hardcover. No dust jacket. First edition, second printing; August for November 1919, broken rule on p144. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Mostly clean copy.

60) Jurgen red/brown hardcover. No dust jacket. First edition, first printing; August for September 1919, unbroken rule on p144. Henry Eastman Lower crest inside cover. Clean copy.

63) The First Gentleman of America with clean dust jacket. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. First edition.

64) The King was in His Counting House First edition. Farrar & Rinehart, 1938. Fading (as usual for this title) to cloth covers, but with gorgeous, sharp dust jacket.

65) Rivers of America The St. Johns A Parade of Diversities nice dust jacket--bit faded. First edition.

67) Special Delivery in silver slipcase. Case has some wear and cracks. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Large paper edition of 207 signed copies. This is copy 70 signed Branch Cabell.

70) The Lineage of Lichfield green perfect dust jacket. Limited to 365 copies. Number is 74 and signed by Cabell.

73) “A Colophonic Proposal” dark blue pamphlet. Bronze lettering on front. A short piece about how the people of Colophon propose to do honor to Cabell. Scarce.

74) “Century” for May 1922. Mercantile Library Astor Place, NY. Century Magazine with Montgomery Evans II stamp on cover. Volume 104 No. 1. A short story by Cabell: “The Candid Footprint” a story on p. 3 with drawings by J. Scott Williams. Of note is p. 14 has a piece by Bertrand Russell “What makes a social system good or bad?”

77) The Silver Stallion with clean black dust jacket and purple lettering and design. Illustrated by Pape. English edition, John Lane/Bodley Head

78) The Cream of the Jest black hardcover with gold lettering. No dust jacket. Illustrated by Pape. McBride.

79) Something about Eve black hardcover with gold lettering. No dust jacket. Illustrated by Pape.

81) Let Me Lie with nice dust jacket. Minor tears. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. First edition.

82) The Witch-Woman nice dust jacket with minor tears

84) Chivalry with pictorial dust jacket; minor wear and tear. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1928.

85) The Certain Hour with near fine dust jacket. London: John Lane The Bodley Head. Post card taped in back cover, no writing, just art work from a gallery: An Idyll, by Maurice Greiffenhagen (Walker Art Gallery). Perhaps the Certain Hour story ‘A Brown Woman’ conjured up the Idyll in the mind of the card-taper

86) The Line of Love black hardcover with gold letters. No dust jacket. Published London John Lane The Bodley Head Limited.

87) Gallantry hardcover with elaborate cover design. Bit faded. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. First edition, second issue. 1907.

89) Domnei black hardcover with gold lettering and illustrated by Pape. 1930, McBride. No dust jacket or case.

92) Let Me Lie nice dust jacket. Some spotting to book.

95) Something About Eve with dust jacket. Some tears at top. Inscribed by Cabell for publisher James R. Wells. Dust jacket is rough on spine.

97) Gallantry Light green cover with elaborate silver design. 1907 Harper.

98) The Way of Ecben blue cover. No jacket or slipcase. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Inscribed to publisher James Raye Wells by Cabell. Large paper edition 850 with 831 for sale and this is No. 840 signed by Cabell again. 1929

99) Something About Eve in green slipcase. Green book with white corners and spine and gold crest on cover. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Large paper edition of 850 of which 831 for sale and this is 309 signed by Cabell.

100) The Way of Ecben blue cover. No jacket or case. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. Large paper edition 850 with 831 for sale and this is 701 signed by Cabell.

101) Chivalry beautiful hardcover red with elaborate design. Makeshift beige dust jacket. 1909 Harper.

103) “Some of Us: An Essay in Epitaphs” in blue sleeve with wax-type paper jacket on book. Limited to 1295 copies of which 1250 for sale and this is 463 signed by Cabell.

104) “The Centaur Bibliographies of James Branch Cabell” by Guy Holt hardcover with beige wax paper style jacket. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. Large paper edition of 100 copies of which 90 are for sale and this is 11 and signed by Cabell and Guy Holt. Very attractive binding.

105) “The Centaur Bibliographies of James Branch Cabell” by Guy Holt; hardcover, no jacket. Large paper edition of 100 copies of which 90 are for sale and this is 53 and signed by Cabell and Guy Holt.

109) Smirt in silver slipcase. First edition of 153 and 120 for sale and this is 84 signed Branch Cabell.

110) Smith in silver slipcase and beige wax paper type jacket. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. First edition of 153 and 120 for sale and this is 70 signed Branch Cabell.

112) The Certain Hour maroon hardcover, no jacket. McBride, 1916, first printing (pre-Kalki). Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside.

116) Straws and Prayer Books maroon hardcover. Henry Eastman Lower crest inside cover. First edition.

117) The Rivet in Grandfather’s Neck maroon hardcover. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. McBride, 1915

119) The Way of Ecben in black slipcase with gold title page on outside of sleeve with a summary and publisher info. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside. 1929.

120) Gallantry: Dizain des Fetes Galantes with white dust jacket that has Walpole’s synopsis on it. Postcard from Louvre in back cover.

123) Gallantry maroon hardcover Montgomery Evans II handwritten initials on first page.

124) The Cream of the Jest brown hardcover Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover

125) The First Gentleman of America black hardcover, no slipcase or jacket. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. Special edition of 125 copies, 99 for sale and this is 93, signed Branch Cabell.

126) The Silver Stallion in black slipcase. Spine lettering faded, as usual with this title. Good looking cover with silver lettering. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Large paper edition 850 copies, 831 for sale and this is 6 signed by Cabell.

130) The Silver Stallion with dust jacket, faded but only minor tear. First edition. Inscribed by Cabell to publisher James R. Wells.

131) Straws and Prayer Books. brick-brown cover, No jacket or case, Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover, first edition.

132) The King was in his Counting House black hardcover, missing jacket or case. Special edition 125 copies, 99 for sale this is 15 signed by Cabell.

133) The King was in his Counting House black hardcover, no jacket or case. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover. Special edition 125 copies, 99 for sale this is 50 signed by Cabell.

134) The Eagle’s Shadow new and revised edition with white jacket with lots of text.

137) The Line of Love brown cover. Montgomery Evans II stamp inside cover. 1921.

139) The Devil’s Own Dear Son with clean jacket.

141) There Were Two Pirates no jacket. Montgomery Evans II bookplate inside cover.

142) Chivalry new and revised edition. Montgomery Evans II stamp inside cover.

143) The White Robe: A Saint’s Summary McBride, 1928, in damaged slipcase. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Illustrations by Locher.

144) The Music from Behind the Moon in damaged slipcase; and part of the spine is missing too. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover. Engravings Underwood.

146) These Restless Heads in silver slipcase. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside. Large paper edition 410 copies, 373 for sale and this is 175 signed by Cabell.

150) Cabell signed copy of Ballades from the Hidden Way. “Ballades From The Hidden Way” Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover blue hard covers with gold design. Black spine with gold script lettering. Crosby Gaige, 1928. Signed by Cabell. This is no. 15 of 831 on vidalon paper.

151) Another Gallantry with a green dust jacket and the green and silver elaborate cover. A book crest from Oliver Corse Hoyt. First issue.
But Hoyt died about 20 yrs before Gallantry was published.

152) "Some of Us An Essay in Epitaphs" signed by Cabell No. 862. Joseph Fisher Loewi crest inside cover.

153) Cabell bibliography, two volume set. Volume one by Frances Brewer and volume two by Matthew J. Bruccoli. UVA, 1957.

156) “Ballades From The Hidden Way” blue hard covers with gold design. Black spine with gold script lettering. Crosby Gaige 1928. Signed by Cabell. This is no. 14 so I’m guessing of the 831 vidalon and not the eight grey copies. This one has a wax DJ that is torn at the top.

157) The Devil’s Own Dear Son with clean jacket.

8EnriqueFreeque
Oct 5, 9:33am Top

Just send them to me. I want them all. Now.

9amdew11
Oct 5, 10:09pm Top

I'm glad there is some interest here. It is an extensive collection as my great-grandfather was a rare book collector for decades and his primary focus was Cabell. Please feel free to message me here or email me at my hotmail account with books you are interested in and I am happy to put together really fair prices for Cabell fans. Since my great-grandfather was such a huge fan, I feel these books should end up in more Cabell collectors' hands.

10Crypto-Willobie
Edited: Oct 7, 11:44pm Top

5 books sold, removed from list

and 2 more

and 3 more

11lansingsexton
Oct 10, 12:53pm Top

I'm interested in the list, but nickbconfino@hotmail.com yielded nothing. Help would be appreciated.

12elenchus
Oct 10, 2:05pm Top

I PM'd here and he responded with prices, I'm awaiting a final response of an offer I made. Guessing he's away for a bit, perhaps for the US holiday -- not to mention busy with those 5 recent sales. I'm going to hang in for a bit.

13Crypto-Willobie
Oct 10, 4:23pm Top

>11 lansingsexton: >12 elenchus:
I've passed this on.
He's a high school teacher with a new baby so maybe over-stretched.

14amdew11
Oct 10, 5:40pm Top

Hi everyone, sorry about the confusion.

Elenchus: I seemed to have sent two messages from me to...me! Instead of you. Just my confusion with the platform of this message board. My fault. I just re-sent you the message I wrote days ago and please let me know if you got it.

lansingsexton: Not sure why the Hotmail isn't working. I check it daily and have not received new messages. Crypto-Willobie just tested out the e-mail and I received it and responded just fine. So just to confirm that e-mail is nickbconfino@hotmail.com. I also wrote you an e-mail from Gmail.

Let me know if these work and sorry for the confusion.

16amdew11
Oct 13, 9:16pm Top

What is the design supposed to be? A water creature looking back at a fairy with a setting or rising sun? I've seen it so many times now in these various Cabell pieces but can't quite make out what it is.

17elenchus
Edited: Oct 13, 10:07pm Top

Note it's a Black Sun. Based on Sime's mythical and fantastical images for Dunsany as noted in >5 elenchus:, presumably not an allusion to Nazi concept, but the older alchemical sun.

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