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June 23 , 2009

Josh Billings' Old Farmer's Allminax, 1870-1879


We seldum notis the current Amerikan literature ov the day, but the Billings Allminax, soon tew be issued by Carleton, is a work for the mOthers of the Amerikan Union."—London Times, June 6th, 1869. "Josh Billings' Farmers' Allminax iz az phull ov gems az a diamond neklace, az phull of knowledge az Webster's Spellin Book, and az phull of cooking and cures az a parson's wife."—London Atheneum, May 31st, 1869. "The virtewous thoughts in Josh's Allminax iz gin cocktails for the idle, and brandy straights for the viscious."—Atlantik Semi-Monthly, May 3d, 1869. "The Billings' Allminax will prove a rare acquisition tew Amerikan literature; the astronomikal calculashuns are unique, the language elegant, the moral perfekt, the sentiments just, and the whole thing extremely bully."—Boston Ledger, May 1st, 1869. "In theze daze of tawdry novels, imbecile poetry, and florid historys, it iz charming tew take up such a brilliant thing az Josh Billings' Farmers' Allminax, whare philosophy and sentiment frolik together, and whare wit sits in state, with one arm around the waist ov morality."—Omaha Patriot, July 4th, 1869

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