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Twenty-Four-Page Chapbook Format

The "duodecimo" chapbook pictured below comes from a later period in the development of the genre than the eight-page example. The materials that went into its production — notably, engraved illustrations and higher quality paper — mean that this would have been more expensive than most chapbooks. The fact that it was "Printed for the Booksellers" indicates that, unlike most chapbooks, which were distributed by traveling chapmen in rural areas, this publication was intended for an urban audience.

The blue page numbers indicate the orientation of each page relative to the others. Pages that appear upside-down here have been re-oriented in the individual images for readability.

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obverse reverse

Burns' Songs. No. 1. Illustrated. Glasgow: Printed for the Booksellers, [c. 1840].

Updated 20 June 2002 by the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
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