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Formerly sold by chapmen; see the etymology there, and book.


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chapbook (plural chapbooks)

  1. A small book, usually made from a single sheet, folded several times, containing poems, ballads or religious tracts
    • 1849 Notices of Fugitive Tracts: And Chap-books Printed at Aldermary Churchyard, Bow Churchyard, Etc
      This was, till within the last few years, a favourite chapbook in the north of England.
    • 2005 Kathryn A. Lowry - The Tapestry of Popular Songs in 16th- and 17th Century China
      Two such examples of slim, chapbook-style collections were both part of larger compendia []