Gynberg Ballads

Atkinson, Alatau Tamchiboulac

Published by Schmidt Lithograph, 1887
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24 pages in pamphlet format. All pages are present although the rear wrapper is missing. 8.4 x 5.4 inches. Light pink front paper wrapper, with elaborate lettering and design in dark blue. Almost no soiling to the wrapper. Delightfully droll vignette illustrations in color throughout. Off-setting from some of the illustrations. Very minor foxing to the preliminaries. Regarding persons parodied or referenced in the publication, approximately seven people are identified by name in light pencil. Else a clean copy, inside and out. A Good Plus copy. Extremely rare pamphlet of humorous verse parodying the reign of Kalakaua. Available auction records indicate that only one copy has ever come up at auction in the last 30 years. Printed in San Francisco and shipped to the Islands, the arrival of the pamphlets and their subsequent seizure led to a legal struggle between Atkinson and the Collector of Customs, A. S. Cleghorn. "The subjects include the opium license scandal, the 'Historical Procession' that had been a feature of Kalakaua's Jubilee celebration of 1886, and the voyage of the Kaimiloa to Somoa." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Gynberg Ballads
Publisher: Schmidt Lithograph
Publication Date: 1887
Binding: Pamphlet
Book Condition: Good Plus
Edition: First Edition.

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Nick Aretakis
(Manteca, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Original wraps. Condition: Very good. [San Francisco: Schmidt Lithograph Co., 1887]. 23pp., including thirteen colored in-text illustrations. Original pictorial pink front wrapper, rear wrapper lacking. Some occasional light offsetting. Very good. "The second and best known of two satirical pamphlets on the Kalakaua reign. The title is meant to be reminiscent of THE GRAND DUKE OF GYNBERGDRINKENSTEIN, a pamphlet by Edward Purvis published anonymously the previous year.The subjects include the opium license scandal, the 'Historical Procession' that had been a feature of Kalakaua's Jubilee celebration of 1886, and the voyage of the Kaimiloa to Samoa" - Forbes. Among those satirized are King Kalakaua (the "Duke of Gynberg"); the American adventurer, Walter M. Gibson, who held several posts in the Hawaiian government, including Prime Minister; British businessman Abraham Hoffnung; American businessman William H. Cornwell, who would go on to be the Hawaiian Minister of Finance, and other figures from the islands and the United States prominent in Hawaiian affairs. The text is in the form of eight poems, and features a number of humorous illustrations of characters from the stories. Apparently published in an edition of 1100 copies, this work was printed in San Francisco and shipped to Hawaii, where it was refused a customs permit on order of the Attorney General. Published anonymously (there is no titlepage or imprint), Alatau T. Atkinson, editor of the HAWAIIAN GAZETTE, stepped forward as the publisher and successfully sued for the release of the work. It was hugely popular in Hawaii, described as having "gone off like hotcakes" (quoted in Forbes). Forbes notes that the title appears only on the front wrapper, and so copies lacking the wrappers are sometimes catalogued under the caption title on the first page of text, "The Order of the Bar." OCLC and Forbes together locate copies in thirteen institutions (some with multiple copies), of which only are seven - New York Public Library, Bancroft, UCLA, American Antiquarian Society, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Oregon, and Brown University - are outside Hawaii. FORBES 3867. CARTER, p.97. OCLC 16338017, 978697438, 21606687. Seller Inventory # 2227

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