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London, Printed for T. Vere, at the sign of the Cock in St. Johns-street


The first two cuts are portions of a single block; see Wood 401(29).


Ballad - Roud Number: V4425

Title: Much a-do, about nothing

First Line: I'le sing you a sonnet, that ne're was in print

Tune: Which nobody can deny


ESTC: R41529

Subjects:  Cromwell, Oliver, 1599-1658Cromwell, Richard, 1626-1712

Themes:  Commonwealth and protectorate, 1649-1660Politics and government - 17th century

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31A231: Standing figure
45C13(SWORD): Hacking and thrusting weapons: sword
41D212: Coat, cape

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31A231: Standing figure

3rd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31A2543: Gripping someone by the hand or the wrist; clasped hands
33C21: Courting
45C13(SWORD): Hacking and thrusting weapons: sword
41D2661: Necklace
41D261: Handkerchief
31A25161(+82): Arm or hand held in front of the chest (+ female (human being) (not to be used where -AA- is prescribed))

4th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
44A2(+5)(CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY): Seal (as symbol of the state, etc.) (+ society)

5th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
44B113: King

6th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
46A124: Knight
31A2518(+81): Hand on the hip (+ male human being (not to be used where -A- is prescribed))
41D221(+44): Head-gear (+ feathers used for clothes)
45C13(SWORD): Hacking and thrusting weapons: sword
31A2512(+81): Arm stretched forward (+ male human being (not to be used where -A- is prescribed))


Shelfmark: Wood 401(169)

Notes:  Wood 401(169); MS. date: 1660.

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Shelfmark: Harding B 39(62)

Notes:  Harding B 39(62) is a photograph of Wood 401(169).

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