James Branch Cabell : An Illustrated Bibliography

THE CORDS OF VANITY: A Comedy of Shirking

Hall Code
*CoV-D2 (E)
English Revised Edition, Second Printing 1926















Full Title:

Title page recto: THE | CORDS OF VANITY | A COMEDY OF SHIRKING | BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILSON FOLLETT | [in italic] Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords | of vanity! . . . . their root shall be as rottenness | and their blossom shall go up as dust." | LONDON | JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LIMITED (see image above).

Title page verso: [in italic] First Published in 1925 | Reprinted . . 1926 | Made and Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London (see image above).


London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1926


Crown octavo [18.9 cm. (7 7/16 in.) x 13.3 cm. (5¼ in.)]; xvi + 336; blank leaf; (iii) half-title; (iv) BY THE SAME AUTHOR; (v) title page; (vi) publication data; (vii) dedication (verso blank); ix-xiv Introduction; xv-xvi Contents; fly-title (verso blank); 3-332 text; (333)-(336) publisher's advertisements.


Dark blue cloth, lettering and decorations on spine and front cover in light blue; top edge trimmed, else untrimmed. Spine: [triple decorated rule] | THE CORDS | OF | VANITY | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | [triple decorated rule] | THE BODLEY HEAD. Front cover: [all enclosed in a triple decorated ruled box] THE CORDS OF | VANITY | JAMES | BRANCH CABELL (see image above).


[rule] TO | GABRIELLE BROOKE MONCURE | [in italic] Plus sapit vulgus, quia tantum, quantum | opus est, sapit. | [rule]

Dust jacket:

White paper, white lettering on front panel, else black. Front panel decoration in green, white and black (see image above).

Spine: THE | CORDS | OF | VANITY | JAMES | BRANCH | CABELL | Author of | "JURGEN" etc. | 7/6 | NET | THE | BODLEY | HEAD

Front panel: [illustration by Frank. C. Papé in green, white and black. [lettered in white decorative script] The | Cords of Vanity | [lettered in white, lower right] James | Branch | Cabell

Rear panel: [all enclosed in a single ruled box] [in italic] BOOKS BY JAMES BRANCH CABELL | [rule] | [list of seven Cabell titles issued by John Lane, each with a brief review excerpt] | [rule] | JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LTD., VIGO ST., W.1

Front flap: [all enclosed in a single ruled box] [blurb for Payment Deferred, by C. S. Forester]

Rear flap: [all enclosed in a single ruled box] [blurb for Prairie, by Walter Muilenburg]


The binding of this edition is decorated in the usual style John Lane used for unillustrated Cabell titles during the 1920s. The color scheme varied from title to title.