Broadside Ballads Online

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Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:


Printed and Sold by E. Keys, Devonport. Sold by R. Stone, Exeter; A. Brown, General Dealer, 27, Bristol-Bridge, Bristol; And S. Reed, Newport, Monmouthshire


1st Ballad - Roud Number: 620

Title: Poor Black Bess

First Line: When fortune, blind goddess, she fled my abode

Subjects:  Turpin, Richard, 1706-1739

Themes:  HighwaymenCrime - 19th century

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V5636

Title: The exciseman

First Line: To a village that skirted the sea

Themes:  Smuggling

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
23R14: Night
46C131: Riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman
44G52: Robber
44G35: Body of the executed displayed in public
31E2355: Violent death by hanging
61B2(TURPIN, Dick): Historical person (with NAME)
31E2355(+61)(GALLOWS): Violent death by hanging (+ instrument of execution)

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
47C55: Sharpening, grinding (industrial processes)
47B1612: Sawyer


Shelfmark: Harding B 11(3062)

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