Broadside Ballads Online

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Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:

    between 1674 and 1679


A complete version of the woodcut appears in Firth b.20(25) and Wood 401(179).

Other printings:


Viewing: 4o Rawl. 566(78)


Title: The Frenchmens wonder; or, The battle of the birds

First Line: Come give attention young and old

Tune: In summer time

Notes:  With a prose account


ESTC: R12146

Themes:  BirdsNatural wonders

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
43C1431: Cock-fighting
25H215: River mouth, estuary

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
49M32: Book
45C13(SWORD): Hacking and thrusting weapons: sword
71H546: God punishes Israel with three days of plague; the avenging angel with his sword drawn goes through the land; seventy thousand men are killed

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