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University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Great Britain--Social history--18th-19th centuries; Chapbooks

The collection was purchased in 1975. Many of the chapbooks were collected by wood-engraver, illustrator, and humorist, Joseph Crawhill (1821-1896) who, with Andrew Tuer, initiated a brief revival of the chapbook form at the Leadenhall Press in the 1880s.

The collection is a representative collection of the little stitched booklets popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.These provide a rich research source for the social historian. Included are: fairy tales; lives of heroes such as Robin Hood and Dick Whittington; accounts of trials and executions; romances; works of humour and poetry. The chronological emphasis is on the early nineteenth century. The geographic emphasis is on Scotland and England.


33 volumes.

Bibliographic Access
Titles are not individually catalogued. Access is under the general title, Chapbooks. Uncatalogued material is accessible through a special file which lists all individual titles.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.