Fonds CBK - York Chapbooks

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York Chapbooks


  • 1805-1822 (Creation)

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81 items

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(19th century)

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J Kendrew was a printer based in Colliergate, York, in the first quarter of the 19th century. He appears to have specialised in chapbooks, including penny books and larger format versions.

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Many of these chapbooks are undated, but all appear to be from the first quarter of the 19th century. They were printed and sold in York, and primarily aimed at children and adultsin the city. The chapbooks aimed at children all contain lavish woodcuts as illustrations throughout, and many contain a full Roman printed alphabet and Italian printed alphabet at either the beginning or the end. The chapbooks for adults do not contain illustrations.

The first 72 chapbooks are of a very small format (referred to as Penny Books) whereas the remaining nine are a larger format.

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Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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  • English

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