Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice, by James Branch Cabell. With wood engravings by John Buckland Wright. 8vo, 25cm, pp.350, Printed in England at the Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1949.
Set in Caslon with Vesta titling, printed on mould-made paper. Number 222 of (officially) 420 (500) standard copies, bound in quarter purple calf with scarlet canvas boards, gilt extra. Illustrated with 16 wood engravings by John Buckland Wright. Slight waterstain to front endpaper. A very good copy.
Bona fide bindings (particularly special bindings) of this book are scarce and it is well worth taking note of the following. This book was planned to be bound with eighty copies in full morocco (with an extra engraving) and four hundred and twenty in quarter morocco. The book did not sell and the truth is more complex. Since the Press closed, several unnumbered sets of sheets have been bound up as specials by Sangorskis (although these lack the extra engraving). The stated number was not bound up in quarter morocco, and some (David Chambers says fifty) were bound up in cambric. Perhaps as many as three hundred and fifty numbered copies were bound in quarter morocco, but do not trust anything unnumbered or in which the leathers appear reversed in colour. (Cock-a-Hoop 182, Reid A52)