I have produced a small pamphlet book comparing the romantic language of the 18th century to our social media language used today. The book has been inspired by reading The Lovers Week by Mary Hearne ,1718. I have translated the 6 day romance between Amaryllis and Philander, from their meeting to their elopement into social media texting with the abbreviated language used today.
I have produced my own set of six chapbooks for Chawton House Library. Chapbooks were produced in the 17th and 18th century as cheap pamphlet books as moral guidance using short stories to educate the masses cheaply. They were peddled by Chapmen from village to village and very few survive today. Chapbooks were not necessarily illustrated with images that were relevant to the text. I have taken short stories from the books I have read and in true chapbook tradition illustrate
Inspired by reading The Adventures of a Black Coat, Anonymous, 1760. I have used the concertina map screen in the tapestry room at Chawton House Library dated 1746 to show the journey of the black coat through the streets of London. The black coat can be hired for the day by an occasional gentleman to impress. The shop is in Monmouth Street, well known for supplying second hand clothes by merchants. My book is arranged as a concertina book with each journey on a separate conc