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14 Printed Ephemera 

The Oxford Companion to the Book
Michael HarrisMichael Harris

1 Introduction

2 Some definitions

3 Collecting ephemera: ballads, chapbooks, almanacs, and newspapers

4 Other collections

5 Conclusion

The category of ephemera forms an elusive, sometimes contentious, element in the output of print. The aim of this essay is not to attempt to describe everything that can be identified as ephemera, but rather to trace the category’s porous boundaries and, in particular, to suggest how different forms have, over time, changed in their relationship to the book. Ephemera challenges definition, and studies have tended to locate the material at the fringes of everyday life. The general sense of marginality is reinforced by the flux of ... ...

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