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Re: Chapbooks



I'm sure everyone knows that Tom Paine's "Common Sense" was a chapbook, right?

Love it!

bertha rogers in the cold and white catskill mtns, ny
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Date sent:              Fri, 23 Feb 2001 08:02:00 -0500
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From:                   Bev <suna@IQUEST.NET>
Subject:                Re: Chapbooks
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> This is one of the sources I found the history of chapbooks in, but I am
> interested in todays designs.  From all the sources I've seen, it seems that a
> chapbook is whatever the author of publisher wants to make it.  Are these
> considered tru chapbooks?  I will also check out the letterpress archive.
> Thanks for the suggestion.
>
> Bev
>
> Donald Farren wrote:
>
> > Glaister _Encyclopedia of the Book_ (latest edition Oak Knoll Press, 1996)
> > has six substantial paragraphs on "chapbook", the first of which is:
> >
> > "Chapbook: a paper-covered booklet, costing a penny or so, as sold by
> > travelling hawkers (chapmen) who included bundles of them with the buttons,
> > threads, laces and so on which they carried from village to village.
> >  Chapbooks were usually about 6 in. by 4 in., had up to twenty-four pages
> > illustrated with crude but lively woodcuts, and had a decorated
> > cover-title.
> >
> > Donald Farren
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