Chapbook Collection

Item #17444

A chapbook is a type of “street literature” (Wikipedia) that rose to popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They were often illustrated with woodcuts, about 5 by 4 inches, and “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,” (Britannica.com). They were inexpensive, often anonymously – or publisher-created printed works intended for all classes. The term “chapbook” derives from the salesmen who would sell these books: a chapman, which originates from Old English meaning bartering or dealing. Chapbooks gradually disappeared from the market in the mid-nineteenth century when newspapers rose to popularity and a wider variety of affordable reading material became available. Below is our small collection of these adorable books.

1. CRANE, S.M. $ 300.00
Travelers upon curious animals. New York: Egbert, Hovey & King, 1848.

2. BABCOCK, S. $ 200.00
History and anecdotes of the elephant. With beautiful engravings. New Haven: S. Babcock, 1840.
3. CRANE, S.M. $ 350.00
Juvenile pastimes. In Verse. New York: Egbert, Hovey & King, 1848.

4. GILLEY, WM. B. $ 200.00
Presents for good girls. New York: Gould and Van Pelt, Printers, 1814.

5. ANONYMOUS $ 75.00
The youth’s dayspring. Boston: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1854.
6. ANONYMOUS $ 75.00
The youth’s dayspring. Boston: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1853.
7. WALLIN, Samuel $ 75.00
William Seaton and the butterfly, with a history of that beautiful insect. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg (no date) - green wrappers

8. WALLIN, Samuel $ 75.00
William Seaton and the butterfly, with a history of that beautiful insect. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg (no date) – tan wrappers

9. ANONYMOUS $ 100.00
The Sunday-book for children, in prose and verse, adapted to their moral improvement. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg (no date)

10. ANONYMOUS $ 75.00
Stories about whales. Concord: Rufus Merrill, 1850.

11. ANONYMOUS $ 100.00
The sabbath school lyre. Boston: Heath & Graves, 1855.

12. WATTS, Isaac $ 75.00
Dr. Watts’ four catechisms. New York: American Tract Society (no date)

13. ANONYMOUS $ 150.00
Child’s picture book. Concord: Rufus Merrill (no date)

14. ULIZIO, B. George $ 75.00
Tom Steady, a pretty history for good children. American Tract Society (no date or location)

15. HOWLAND, William $ 75.00
The book of the sea; for the instruction of little sailors. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg (no date)
16. BABCOCK, Sidney $ 150.00
The sports of childhood; or pastimes of youth. New Haven: S. Babcock (no date)

17. BABCOCK, Sidney $ 75.00
Tell tale stories; for good girls and boys. New Haven: S. Babcock, 1840.

18. ANONYMOUS $ 150.00
The story book; for good little girls. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg (no date)

19. BABCOCK, Sidney $ 75.00
Familiar explanations; or simple questions and ready answers. New Haven: S. Babcock, 1837.
20. ELIZABETH, Charlotte $ 150.00
The swan. New York: American Tract Society (no date)

21. Reward of merit. This certifies that the bearer receives this as the reward of good behavior and diligent attention to study in school. Miniature note, other side has poem titled Winter (no date, location or publishing info) $ 50.00

22. Bank of industry miniature note, 1852. Filled out in pencil to William Pollard by R. E. Peters $ 50.00

23. Reward of merit miniature note presented to William Pollard by R. E. Peters $ 50.00.

Price: $2,750.00