2393Re: [aloha-donblanding] Virgin of Waikiki
- Jun 8, 2001Keith: Thanks for the detailed response. I have the first, printed for the
Wampas Club. A few hundred printed sounds right to me. So for insurance
purposes, what would you guess....about $50-75? Decent shape, I would say
good to very good.
Some pin holes in the front leaf and minor rubbing on the title page. "her
smile was beatific."
Seems to me with your knowledge of Blanding you should do a bibliography, if
you have not done so already. Did he end up in California? I understand
bookstores in Hawaii bring his things in from the states. I remember the
one decent used book store in Honolulu had a fair size batch of his things
for sale. The owner seemed fairly knowledgable.
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Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 11:53 AM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Virgin of Waikiki
> Hi Nelson,
> What version of the 'Virgin of Waikiki' do you have? There were many
> versions, and I may be able to identify which one you have...can you
> describe it?
> The very first printing of 'Virgin Annie" was by the Wampas Club, a
> group of early Hollywood movie writers, in 1926 following Blanding's
> reading of the poem at one of their dinners. It is bound in tan
> cardboard covers with a pulp texture to them, with no illustrations.
> I imagine there were perhaps only a few hundred (if even that) as
> they were just printed for the members of the club.
> Then later in the same year the David Graham Fischer company of Los
> Angeles privately printed up a batch as well. This time the cover was
> on a thin olive-looking faux-leather stock, and it had a string and
> tassle holding it together. It also had no illustrations. I would
> guess this printing to be larger than the first, but probably still
> The next printing was two years later in Honolulu (1928) and this
> time it had illustrations and decorations by Blanding. It may have
> been printed by the Henry M. Snyder Company, because they had an
> advertisement on the inside back cover.
> In 1930 The Henry M. Snyder Company printed up a new version in a
> small hardback, and this one had illustrations by an unknown artist.
> It doesn't seem to be Blanding's...and there is no credit as to who
> did it. This is the infamous edition by "Don"...
> Three years later the Henry M. Snyder Co. republished the title, this
> time with wonderfully humorous illustrations by A. B. Butler, Jr.
> This is the most common version, which pops up quite frequently on
> ebay. The small decorations on some of the pages are by Blanding and
> were reproduced from the 1928 Honolulu version of the book.
> This same book was again republished in 1938, and quite possibly
> again in the forties.
> So Nelson, which one of these do you have?
> Keith Emmons
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