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[Volume containing 25 items, mainly chapbooks, relating to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce]

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Title [Volume containing 25 items, mainly chapbooks, relating to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce]
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Date of Publication c.1800-1865
Language English
Notes This volume, which formerly belonged to the poet Sydney Goodsir Smith, includes 21 chapbooks telling the tales of the exploits of Sir William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce in prose, verse and song. These items date from 1801 to 1861 and include imprints from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Montrose, Dumfries, Kelso, Newcastle, London and Belfast. The publication and distribution of chapbooks in Scotland reached its height between 1775 and 1825. Subsequently the market for this kind of material was absorbed by commercial publishers, examples of whose output is contained in this volume. With their simple wood-engravings and straightforward narratives, they would have been avidly read by children, at whom they were primarily aimed. It is interesting to note the similarities, and in some instances the exact copying of the text of the stories from one publisher to another.
Shelfmark ABS.1.203.018(1-26)
Acquired on 16/10/00
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