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Telling Fortunes by Cards

Cicely Kent (jacket and title page) or Cecily Kent (cover)

Like the other title, Telling Fortunes by Tea Leaves, this title is not consistent in how the author's name is spelled: see the jacket and cover, below. They seem to be the only two books written using this name, or variants of this name, and I can find nothing about the author other than entries on these books, so it was probably a pseudonym.

This title was published in 1922 by Small, Maynard and Company (listed in Jisc, not seen) and by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York using the jacket designed by Blampied. It seems to have been more popular in the USA than in the UK.

First edition

Bibliography code: JEN-21.2i

Publisher: Herbert Jenkins

Series: none

Year: [1921]

Format: 8vo

Pages: 192, pp 2 adverts

Binding: Fourth printing. Red cloth with 'Telling Fortunes by Cards Cecily Kent's new method of divination clearly explained' in black, with back line around edge. Title, author, and publisher on spine in black. 'A Herbert Jenkins book' and winged horse symbol on rear.

Size: 191 x 130 mm

Dust jacket: signed Blam, over left shoulder of Jack

Internal illustrations: yes, not by Blampied

Price: 2 shillings 6 pence

Printing history: Fourth printing, no date

Printed by: Purnell and Sons, Paulton (Somerset) and London

Notes: I have only seen a fourth printing. The copy in the British Library has been rebound.

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket (click to enlarge)

Image of cover

Image of cover and spine (click to enlarge)

First US edition

Bibliography code: JEN-21.2ii

Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company

Series: none

Year: 1922

Format: not known

Pages: 192 pp, 2 pp blank

Binding: Pale blue cloth with title in black on cover within black rim; title, surname of author and publisher in black on the spine

Size: 194 x 132 mm

Dust jacket: same as UK edition

Internal illustrations: yes, 3 coloured plates bound in, not by Blampied

Price: $1.25 on 8th printing, 1936

Printing history: 3rd printing 1927; 5th printing, 1935; 8th printing, March 1936; 10th printing 1946

Printed by: The Murray Printing Company, Cambridge, Mass

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket (click to enlarge)

Notes: This is the first American jacket I have found by Blampied for books first published by Herbert Jenkins. This suggests that there may be other American books with a jacket by Blampied.