Broadside Ballads Online

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Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:


Printed and Sold at No. 4, Aldermary Church Yard, Bow Lane, London


The cuts appear in chapbooks printed in Aldermary Church Yard. Harding B 2(116) is another edition.


Ballad - Roud Number: V4049

Title: Ralph and Nell's ramble to Oxford

First Line: I heard much talk of Oxford town


ESTC: N70859

Subjects:  Oxford (England)

Themes:  Countryman in townBodleian Library (Oxford, England)Oxford Physic Garden (Oxford, England)

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
46C1318: Horse in motion
46C514: Arrival and return ~ travelling
41A325: Threshold

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31A2543: Gripping someone by the hand or the wrist; clasped hands
46A124: Knight
45C22: Armour
48C161: Column, pillar ~ architecture
61B11(+52): Anonymous historical person portrayed (+ (full) bust portrait)
48A91(+745): Styles in the fine arts (+ baroque and classicism)
31A25552(+82): Index finger forwards, pointing, indicating (+ female (human being) (not to be used where -AA- is prescribed))
84(VALENTINE AND ORSON): Tales and fairy tales (with TITLE)


Shelfmark: Douce Ballads 3(79b)

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