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Re: what came first...the broadside or the chap book?



Actually, the French made chap books at the end of the 15th century.  Prior
to the use of moveable type, the manuscript business actually was
prosperring in transferring  common knowledge and tales to the lower
classes. Once moveable type was established, the "cheap print" business
simply transferred to chap books, there really wasn't a time without them.
This doesn't say which was first, broadsides, chap books or slip-poems. They
all developed around the same time though.

Joe Spoor
Bookseller Monthly
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Subject: Re: what came first...the broadside or the chap book?


> Good day,
>
> Broadsides have been around essentially since the invention of printing
> (both western and eastern). So late 14th century early 15th century. They
> were initially used by government sources to distribute laws,
proclamations
> etc. Later they were used for ballads and poems.
>
> Chapbooks came about mid to late 17th century. Glaister makes specific
> mention that chapbooks increased in popularity as broadsides decreased in
> popularity.
>
>
> Sources for this are various American Printing History Association
Journals
> and Glaisters Encyclopedia of the Book.
>
>
> Regards
>
> Kurt Klappenbach
> Loud Creek Books & Bindery
> P.O. Box 8120
> Bangor, ME   04402-8120
> 207.990.3786
> loudcreek@att.net
>
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