LIMITED EDITION of 250 copies, this is number 217, SIGNED by Barry McKay, Graham Moss, and Kathy Whalen on the colophon. Printed with 12 point Bell types keyboarded by Peter Sanderson at the Whittington Press, printed on Rivoli paper. 4to. 10 x 6 1/2 inches. (40) pp. Half-title with a Bewick engraving of a chapman, title page with large vignette printed within a typographic border, 4 figures, 7 samples tipped-in (2 folding), notes; text clean, unmarked. Quarter white cloth, blue paper over boards, the front cover reproduces the title page in red and black, pocket mounted inside the rear cover contains 4 samples of modern reproductions of chapbooks, 3 printed on the recto of a single slip of paper, 1 an 8-page chapbook printed on a single sheet, un-opened, stitched and with a color illustration on the front cover, all printed on hand-made paper that replicates early nineteenth-century paper made at Griffen Mill, County Mayo, Ireland; binding square and tight. SIGNED by the author and Graham Moss and Kathy Whalen on the colophon. Also included are the original 4-page prospectus for this book, a printed invitation to a launch party for the book at Eden District Council, Penrith Museum, December 12, 2003, and a handwritten note from Kathy Whalen to "Jack" on Incline Press letterhead giving this copy with the publisher's compliments. Fine. Chapbooks are small publications of a popular nature common from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. They got their name from the chapmen who hawked them door to door. MaKay focuses on the role of chapbooks in disseminating a common culture through cheap literature and presents a series of case studies concentrating on printer-publishers working in the far North West of England.
Barry McKay, An Introduction to Chapbooks, Fine Press, Limited Edition, History of Printing