Scottish Literature Digital Projects

Presented by the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and University of South Carolina Digital Collections


Eight-page Chapbook Format

The “quarto” chapbook pictured below is typical of those from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Its front page includes a woodcut that would probably have been used to illustrate other chapbooks with different poems. The paper is of a poor, inexpensive quality, which has caused it to turn brown and become brittle.

The blue lines indicate the upper edge of each page when the chapbook is folded. Pages that appear upside-down here have been re-oriented in the individual images for readability.

Click on any page number to see a full-size version.

Quarto obverse
Quarto reverse
Roy’s Wife of Aldivalloch; The Highland Plaid; Neil Gow’s Fareweel; John Anderson, My Jo; & Maria. Glasgow: Published and Sold, Wholesale and Retail, by R. Hutchinson, Bookseller, 19 Saltmarket, 1823.
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