Cavan McCarthy, Ph.D.
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Sample Images of Onitsha Market Literature

Illustrative materials to accompany the text of: McCarthy, Cavan. Printing in Onitsha:
some personal observations on the production of Onitsha Market literature.

 
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"Veronica, my daughter": a romantic drama, where love overcomes bride-price. Probably the best-known Onitsha text, it was published with a simple typographical wrapper design. Details...

"Dr. Nkrumah in the struggle for freedom": this pamphlet on the first President of Ghana, a major figure in the history of African independence, uses a simple linocut for its cover design. Details...
"Beware of harlots and many friends": simple linocuts illustrate the front wrapper and interior of this didactic text. Front wrapper. Details...
"Beware of harlots and many friends": simple linocuts illustrate the wrappers and interior of this didactic text. Page 48. Details...
"About the husband and wife who hate them-selves": illustrated with dramatic linocuts on front and back wrappers. Front wrapper. Details...
"About the husband and wife who hate them-selves": illustrated with dramatic linocuts on front and back wrappers. Back wrapper. Details...
"Life turns man up and down: money and girls turn man up and down". Front wrapper. Details...
"Life turns man up and down". Caption" You must marry me as you promised". Back wrapper. Details...
"No condition is permanent": with linocut illustrations on wrappers and internal pages. Front wrapper. Details...
"No condition is permanent": with linocut illustrations on wrappers and internal pages. Page 10. Details...
"No condition is permanent": with linocut illustrations on wrappers and internal pages. Page 45. Details...
"No condition is permanent": with linocut illustrations on wrappers and internal pages. Back wrapper. Details...
"The last days of Lumumba": with a photograph of the murdered first Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo. Front wrapper. Details...
"Money hard to get but easy to spend": a typical didactic Onitsha text, with a photograph on the front wrapper. Details...
"How to make friends with girls": the photograph on this wrapper appears to have been taken from a knitting pattern. Details...
"Learn to speak English, Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba languages": the illustration shows the interior of a typical Onitsha publisher and bookseller. Details...
"The complete letter-writing made easy": Onitsha pamplets were originally inspired by Indian publications; sample letters in this volume use Indian names and addresses. Front wrapper. Details...
"The complete letter-writing made easy": Onitsha pamplets were originally inspired by Indian publications; sample letters in this volume use Indian names and addresses. Page 66. Details...
"The complete letter-writing made easy": Onitsha pamplets were originally inspired by Indian publications; sample letters in this volume use Indian names and addresses. Page 67. Details...

 

 
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