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Sharpe Chapbook Collection

600 items.

The Sharpe Collection of Chapbooks was formed by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1781-1851), the antiquary, etcher and authority on Scottish ballad literature.

About half the collection consists of early 19th-century items mainly printed in Stirling, Falkirk and Kilmarnock, the remainder being printed in Newcastle upon Tyne, the acknowledged capital of chapbook literature.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
  • Note in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 37 (1954-5), pp. 9-10.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library