Armenian Satirical Journal, Critical of Ottoman Turkey

Խաթաբալա, e.g. Khatabala [Trouble], complete runs for 1907 (nos. 1-50) and 1912 (nos. 1-50).

Tbilisi, 1906-1916, 1922, 1925-1926. Large quartos (34.5 × 27 cm). Contemporary maroon and blue cloth, with title embossed to boards; 474 and 599 pp. per issue. About very good; one volume with recent repair to hinge, some wear to spine.

Two very rare complete yearly runs of the important Armenian satirical weekly published in Tbilisi, Georgia. The journal harshly condemned the anti-Armenian policy of Ottoman Turkey and championed the friendship of the peoples of Transcaucasia. It contained frequent responses to international events, and traces the liberation struggle of the peoples of the Balkans and the East.

Among the contributors were G. Bashinjaghyan, G. Grensky, G. Yeritsyani, A. Mirgoyan, G. Rotter (illustrator), M. Bagratuni, K. Melik’-Shahnazaryan, G. Levonyan, Hovhannes Tumanyan (1869-1923, considered the Armenian national poet), Avetik’ Isahakyan (1875-1957, a well-known Armenian poet), M. Arazin, Step’an Zoryan. A number of the illustrations were also by Oskar Schmerling (1876-1938), the Georgian painter and graphic artist of German origin, who taught Lado Gudiashvili and other leading modernist artists.

A visually stunning, extremely rich source on the life of Armenians in early twentieth-century Tiflis, Constantinople, and beyond, and an important response to the repressive anti-Armenian policies of the Ottoman Empire and, in later years, the Genocide.

As of February 2021, KVK and OCLC only show partial runs at the LOC and a California library.

Book ID: 51212