This book is a compilation of
the writings of numerous humorists of the day. It was edited by
Landon. The earlier printings have 776 pages. The later volumes have
774 pages. The books all include the contributions of more
than fifty different people. Among others Mark Twain, Melville Landon
and Artemus Ward are represented. Twain was not happy about his work
appearing without authorization in a number of Landon's compilations.
In fact, in one instance he sued a publisher of one of the reprints of
this book. For details see: The Droolings of an Idiot by Mary Boewe.
George W. Peck has eight different vignettes in this volume. See below.
Three later titles were published that are essentially reprints of most
of the contents of this book.
Hot Stuff by Funny Men has the first 546 pages and The Library of Wit
and Humor has volumes that have the first 438, 546 or 615 pages of Wit
and Humor of the Age.
Comic Hits by Famous Wits includes the first 615 pages of the 774 page
previously published Wit and Humor of the Age.
This title was copyrighted in 1883 by L. W. Yaggy. Yaggy owned and
managed the Western Publishng House. It was the largest subscription
publisher in Chicago. It published its own books in Chicago but outside
of Chicago it used various publishing branches that had copies of the
plates of the book being published in Chicago.
A number of imprints have been seen. I suspect that there are quite a
number not as of yet known.
Western Publishing House 1883 (first edition)
Huffman and Johnson, Lexington, Ky. 1884
Law, King and Law, San Francisco 1884
Eastern Publishing House, Philadelphia 1884, 1885
Law, King and Law, Chicago 1887
G. S. Cline, Des Moines 1887, 1888, 1889
Ross Publishing House, Albany 1887, 1888, 1889
Central Publishing House, Pittsburg 1888
R. S. King, Chicago 1889
George S. Cline Publishing House, Chicago 1889
The King Publishing Company, San Francisco 1890
Star Publishing Company, Chicago 1890, 1892, 1901
Here are the eight little George W. Peck Vignettes that are included in