These were something I hadn’t heard of until I read an article in the Guardian, published last week (here).
Chapbooks – the name taken from the tradesmen and peddlers of the pamphlets, known as ‘ceapmen’ – used to be cheap, roughly bound booklets that covered a whole gamit genres and were sold to those with not much cash to spare.
No longer though.
While still relatively cheap, todays chapbooks tend to be finely made objects filled with enthralling poetry and fiction (see Nightjar Press for an example of this)
So, to compare: