Salmagundi (periodical)

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From an 1869 reprint
AuthorWashington Irving
(with James Kirke Paulding and William Irving, Jr.)
Original titleSalmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others
CountryUnited States
PublisherDavid Longworth
(New York City)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Periodical)
ISBN978-0-940450-14-1 (reprint)
818/.209 19
LC ClassPS2052 1983

Salmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others, commonly referred to as Salmagundi, was a 19th-century satirical periodical created and written by American writer Washington Irving, his oldest brother, William, and James Kirke Paulding. The collaborators produced twenty issues at irregular intervals between January 24, 1807 and January 15, 1808.

Salmagundi lampooned New York City culture and politics in a manner much like today's Mad magazine.[1] It was in the November 11, 1807, issue that Irving first attached the name "Gotham" to New York City, based on the alleged stupidity of the people of Gotham, Nottinghamshire.[2]

Irving and his collaborators published the periodical using a wide variety of pseudonyms, including Will Wizard, Launcelot Langstaff, Pindar Cockloft, and Mustapha Rub-a-Dub Keli Khan.

Irving and Paulding discontinued Salmagundi in January 1808, following a disagreement with publisher David Longworth over profits.


  1. ^ Jones, 82.
  2. ^ Burrows, Edwin G. and Mike Wallace. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. (Oxford University Press, 1999), 417.


  • Irving, Washington. "Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent./Salmagundi." The Complete Works of Washington Irving, Volume 6. Edited by Bruce Granger & Martha Hartzog. (Twayne, 1977) ISBN 0-8057-8509-4
  • Jones, Brian Jay. Washington Irving: An American Original. (Arcade, 2008) ISBN 978-1-55970-836-4