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Printed and Sold in Aldermary Church-Yard Bow-Lane, London


Ballad - Roud Number: 17

Title: Three jolly butchers and ten highwaymen

First Line: I'll tell you a story of lovely butchers three


ESTC: N70869

Themes:  Highwaymen

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
25H15: Forest, wood
46C144: Four-wheeled, animal-drawn vehicle, e.g.: cab, carriage, coach
46C5134: Traveller(s) attacked by robber(s)

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
45D313: Private soldier
23T23: Classical antiquity (historical epoch)
73D343: Judas hanging himself

3rd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
48C51562: (feigned) picture curtain
31A25312(+81): Head held in the hand(s), with elbows leaning on an elevation or on the knees (+ male human being (not to be used where -A- is prescribed))
31A235: Sitting figure


Shelfmark: Douce Ballads 3(91b)

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