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Spufford, Margaret.  Small books and pleasant histories: Popular fiction and its readership in seventeenth-century England. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1982. 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.375"). xxi, [1], 275, [1] pp.; 4 plts.
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"In sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England a trade dealing in reasonably priced chapbooks was developed to appeal widely to the English villager. The publishers/booksellers who monopolized this trade called their wares 'Small Godly Books, Small Merry Books, Double Books and Histories.' Margaret Spufford examines not only the scale of their operations, distribution and profits, but also the contents of the 'small books.' She discusses their influence on the seventeenth-century villager and illuminates some of the concepts and imagery that formed the imaginative stock-in-trade of the man behind the plough."

Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine; extremities lightly rubbed, minor foxing to edges. In original pictorial dust jacket; lightly edgeworn, small closed tear to front panel. Previous owner's signature scribbled out on front free endpaper.  (38849)   Please RESHELVE This.


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