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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

Sources for this are various American Printing History Association Journals
and Glaisters Encyclopedia of the Book.


Kurt Klappenbach
Loud Creek Books & Bindery
P.O. Box 8120
Bangor, ME   04402-8120

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