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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.
The American publications featured some of the same writers and artists as their overseas counterparts as well as native exponents of European trends, who were often figured as imitators, "feebl[e] copie[rs] " of Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde, for example (Review of The Chap-Book).
Figure 3, for example, shows an early nineteenth-century chapbook (Napoleon's Oraculum) alongside an issue of The Chap-Book for October 1896.
"The Chap-Book" Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, vol.
"A 'Tea-pot Tempest': The Chap-Book, 'Ephemeral Bibelots,' and the Making of the Modern Little Magazine" Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 1.2 (2010): 193-215.
[Review of The Chap-Book.] New York Commercial Advertiser, 30 July 1898, np.
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.
The Cornhill Booklet, as its co-founder and first editor, Edwin Osgood Grover wrote, would not be "as original as the 'Chap-Book,' nor so wise as 'The Bibelot,' nor so protestant as 'The Philistine.'" Its two founders promised, "'The Cornhill booklet' should be dedicated to gayety, to disseminating the choicer and little known material likely to be of interest to book lovers and friends of literature." (1d)
(1c.) Sidney Kramer, "The Chap-Book and Its Contemporaries" in A History of Stone & Kimball and Herbert S.
Book Art covers artist-made books, comics graphic design, fine press work, chap-books and much more." The artworks will be on display around the reference library or hidden away on shelves or around corners.