Pictures and commentary courtesy of Mr. David Hricik. Additional comments by Dick Blacher.
A Periodical of Knock
Vol. #1, 1901
by Bert Leston Taylor and William S. Lord, 1901
This is bound in burlap over boards,
printed “french” style (on every other page, though cut at the top). It is #182
of 250 copies made, printed in two colors (red, black) on deckel edged very nice
paper. Unpaginated, but roughly 40 pages. “Art is long. Why not hair? - Fra
McGinnis” is typical of the jabs in this parody of Elbert Hubbard, the
Roycrofters (the Boygrafters), and the Philistine. This is actually quite
funny, and from what I can tell, extraordinarily rare. 8.25 by 5.25 inches.
The Bilioustine (A Periodical of Knock)
was originally published in the Chicago Tribune in a column written by Bert
Leston Taylor, "A Line-O’-Type-or-Two." It was reprinted in booklet form and
significantly expanded in 1901 by William S. Lord (and a few cohorts), in
Evanston, Illinois. Every page mercilessly skewers Elbert Hubbard, his writing,
his books, and even his employees – i.e. Sinbad the Buzz-Saw for Ali Baba. This
style of parody is extraordinarily difficult to bring off well, and I feel
certain that for Mr. Lord and his friends, it was a true labor of love. Having
read so much of Hubbard’s writing, I admit I cringed (and laughed out loud) at
the dead-on accuracy of many of these send-ups. I believe Lord completed only
the two editions pictured.
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