Chapbooks showcase

Chapbooks Collection

J000227833
Book:The world's a stage on which each man acts his part, To which are added, A sailor's account of the surrender of the French fleet at Cadiz, Celia's complaint for the loss of her shepherd, Sweet Robin's elopement:1808 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1808
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8211
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227834
Book:The servants' pedigree, or, Their pride laid open, To which are added; Over the hills and far away, Celia's complaint for the loss of her shepherd, The auld man's best argument:1808 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1808
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8212
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227835
Book:The turn-coat, or, Jack of all religions, To which are added, The British tars, Lovely Willy's voice, The pitcher:1803 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1803
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8213
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227836
Book:The humours of the age, or, A touch on all trades, To which are added, The young man's declaration, A bonny wee wifie, Harvest home, The wounded hussar:1808 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1808
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8214
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227837
Book:John Highlandman's remarks on the City of Glasgow, To which are added; Johnny and Molly, Original of Tweedside, The Ploughman lad, the Braes of Yarrow:1807 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1807
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8215
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227838
Book:The beauties of Glasgow, To which are added; I wonder'd what he meant, The crisis, or, Britain's glory, The heires's resolution:1808 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1808
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8216
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227839
Book:The lady's diary, To which are added; The land o' the leal, Marjory Miller, Improve the present hour, Och hey Johnny lad, Lang and dreary is the night, Lassie wi' the lint-white locks:1808 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1808
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8217
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227847
Book:The banks of the Dee, with the answer, To which are added; The beggar's resolution, The siege of Carrick-Fergus, To Lethe repair, As sure as a gun:1809 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1809
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8221
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227849
Book:The annual return of St. Andrew's Day, November 30th, MDCCCIV, To which are added; The wounded hussar, Stick a pin there, The tar's happy return, Jack's disaster, or, Turn in or turn out, Father Dennis's comfort, The forsaken nymph, A hunting song:1805 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1805
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8222
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating
J000227853
Book:The poor man's counsel, or, The married man's guide, To which are added; Auld Robin Gray with the answer, The captain of love, The cock and the bull:1808 Book
Catalogue record
Author: Chapbooks Collection
Year: 1808
Media class: Book
Publisher: J. and M. Robertson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chapbook Poets' Corner 8226
8p, ill ; 16cm
Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating Provide rating

Book cover image

Folk in print : Scotland's chapbook heritage, 1750-1850 / Edward J. Cowan and Mike Paterson

The people's print has not so far attracted a serious modern study. In 1874 John Fraser wrote that it was impossible to understand the history of Scotland or the character of her people during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries without studying these 'vulgar, but graphic and intensely Scottish productions', which, in his opinion, could be ranked with such masterpieces as the humorous narratives in The Canterbury Tales. Though not all chapbooks were necessarily humorous, as this selection will demonstrate.

This collection aims to present a user-friendly introduction to the genre, a sampling of the attractions and possibilities, set, where appropriate, in the relevant cultural and historical contexts. The idea is to listen to the voices of the past, not often heard, which yet should be screaming for attention.

The chapbooks are gloriously diverse in content, pointing to an irresistible cacophony of social discourse ranging from the flippant to the portentous, the swooningly romantic to the bluntly pejorative; they are brash and banal, fun, fresh and revealing, often reflecting the sort of flair, wit, insight, sensitivity - and mindlessness - that these days are responsible for so much of our television programming and tabloid newspaper content.

Chapbooks are sometimes loosely themed, but others are collations, with naive romanticism, virulent jingoism, pastoral reverie, love-songs, temperance diatribes, clumsy humour, political satire, ribaldry, misogyny, indecency, comic drinking songs, folktales, superstition and the occult, and a body of vibrant Scots poetry and song from the oral and literary traditions, all available for the mix. This selection is drawn from the period, roughly 1750 to 1850, when the form was at its most prolific and most populist, and literacy was as exciting and undiscriminating as Internet use has become today.

Chapbook

A small, inexpensive stitched book or pamphlet formerly sold by itinerant dealers, or chapmen, in western Europe and in North America. Most chapbooks were 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches (14 by 11 cm) in size and were made up of four pages (or multiples of four), illustrated with woodcuts.

They contained tales of popular heroes, legend and folklore, jests, reports of notorious crimes, ballads, almanacs, nursery rhymes, school lessons, farces, biblical tales, dream lore, and other popular matter. The texts were mostly crude and anonymous, but they formed the major part of secular reading and now serve as a guide to the manners and morals of their times.

View the full article in the Gale Literature Resource Center