Chapman
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1. Terminology

From the 16th to the 19th centuries in Europe, much sale of print media, printed ephemera, musical scores, books, newspapers, and gazettes took place not through the established book trade, but through the chapman, an itinerant peddler selling goods on the streets or from door to door. The chapman was particularly prevalent in rural areas, where he would peddle printed works toget…

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Lüsebrink, Hans-Jürgen, “Chapman”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031054>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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