London & New York: R. Mazin, Bookseller, 1899-1900. Item #42567
1st edition. Period boards, 4to (Life Magazine size), ca 16 pages each. Issued weekly. Bound into 10 separate volumes. Complete set of all issues published. In Yiddish. Singerman S557. Published jointly in London and New York, this is the first British Humor periodical in Yiddish.
The Jewish Encyclopedia, featuring a photo of the front page of the first issue of Pipifox, noted that “During the last twenty years of the nineteenth century a marked change was noticeable in the condition of the Jewish periodical press. Before the opening of this epoch all the various types of Jewish journalistic activity had been established; but from now on one type in particular, that of the newspaper, became predominant. At the same time there was a shifting in the preponderance of influence, which previously rested with the German press. Even here a change had gradually been taking place, in that the weekly half-news, half-literary paper had increased in numbers at the expense of the more strictly scholarly magazine….[in [England]....The new Judæo-German [i.e. Yiddish] publications were chiefly of the socialist and labor class; the most successful after the early immigration movement was 'Der Arbeiterfreund' (1886-91); later 'The Jewish Observer' (from 1894) and 'Der Jüdischer Express' (from 1896) became the representatives of this class of papers; 'Germinal' (1900) was anarchistic. The comic press was represented by 'Pee-Pee-Fox.’" (Richard Gottheil and William Popper in the Jewish Encyclopedia, 1905). Hevel Halevi Hurvits (Horvits) and Meyer-Tsvi Zakheym were among the contributors.
SUBJECT(S): Jewish wit and humor -- Periodicals. Jews -- England -- Periodicals. -- United States -- Humour juif -- Pe´riodiques. Juifs -- E´tats-Unis -- Pe´riodiques. OCLC: 1269245722. OCLC and Singerman together list 9 holdings, some of them incomplete. Spines rebacked. Paper brown and brittle, though there appears to be no loss and little serious edgewear. Some pages loose, especially among the first 10 issues, some old dampstains. One board lacking one corner, remainder are solid. Scarce complete set of this important Transatlantic Yiddish Humor weekly. (yid-44-17-'lex).