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Printed for J. Blare, at the Looking-Glass on London-Bridge


Ballad - Roud Number: V26420

Title: The inn-keeper's complaint; or, The country victuallor's lamentation for the dearness of malt

First Line: Poor innkeepers now, all over the nation

Tune: Let Mary live long

Themes:  TavernsEconomy and trade - 17th century

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
33A11: Baring the head, lifting one's hat
31A231(+3): Standing figure (+ sideview, profile)
31B6(+911): Morphology of human expression (+ saluting, showing reverence)

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
46A22: Contrast between urban and rural life; city dweller versus country dweller
46C5131: Asking the way

3rd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31A231: Standing figure
41D267: Purse, money-bag

4th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
31A231: Standing figure
31A2512(+81): Arm stretched forward (+ male human being (not to be used where -A- is prescribed))

5th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
46A124: Knight
45C22: Armour

6th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
45D313: Private soldier
45C13(SWORD): Hacking and thrusting weapons: sword
45C19(SHIELD): Protective weapons: shield


Shelfmark: Firth c.23(80)

Notes:  Negative photograph of: Pepys Ballads IV:330

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