Publisher: London: John & Horace Cowley, 1897.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Mott, A History of American Magazines, vol. 4, page 389.
Condition: Cloth a little worn; some dust-soiling and smudges in the text; very good copy.
Book ID: 25953
Description8vo, four issues in one volume, contemporary dark blue cloth, gilt lettering, t.e.g. Three photographic portraits.
CommentsA complete run of a short-lived nineties chapbook-style periodical which in tone was anti-nineties (the name is itself a parody on Elbert Hubbard’s The Philistine). It attacks “the shoddy scribbling of idols of our commonplace middleclass, such as the Corellis, the Scotts, the Crocketts, the Le Galliennes, and others of the idealess crew, who are perpetually piping their own praise . . .” Though London was the place of publication, the editor and majority of contributors were American and include Ambrose Bierce (13 contributions), Gertrude Atherton, and Chicago writers Eugene Field, Stanley Waterloo and Opie Read.