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one of the pamphlets formerly sold in Europe and America by itinerant agents, or "chapmen." Chapbooks were inexpensive—in England often costing only a penny—and, like the broadside, they were usually anonymous and undated. The texts typically were similar to those of current tabloid newspapers and therefore reveal much about the popular taste of the 16th, 17th, and 18th cent. The term is occasionally used to refer to old manuscripts showing national character through the use of vernacular expressions.
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Figure 1 shows The Chap-Book, the most important aesthetic little magazine, alongside an amateur imitator, The Little Chap, issued from a military school in Manlius, New York.
Figure 3, for example, shows an early nineteenth-century chapbook (Napoleon's Oraculum) alongside an issue of The Chap-Book for October 1896.
A 'Tea-pot Tempest': The Chap-Book, 'Ephemeral Bibelots,' and the Making of the Modern Little Magazine" Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 1.
Chap-books traditionally contained tales and ballads and were hawked around by chapmen.
The editors of The Cornhill acknowledged their debt to Kimball and Stone's Chap-book (1894-1898), modeled after English aesthetic examples.
Sidney Kramer, "The Chap-Book and Its Contemporaries" in A History of Stone & Kimball and Herbert S.
Abridged versions of Radcliffe's The Italian (1797) and A Sicilian Romance (1790), Lee's The Recess (1783) and Charlotte Smith's The Old Manor House (1793) were published as chap-books and, along with the less derivative chapbooks written by the hack writer Sarah Wilkinson, are reproduced here as facsimiles sans footnotes in volume 2.
If he can be diagnosed as obsessive on the subject, that same diagnosis must apply to the authors of the Terrific Register, and of all those chap-books, popular graphics, nursery-tales, and adventure stories that Stone so enlighteningly unearths, and also to their huge popular readerships.