Broadside Ballads Online

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Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:

    between 1736 and 1763


The first illustration appears in \"The history of Dr. John Faustus,\" the second illustration in \"The history of Fortunatus,\" both printed by Cluer Dicey and Richard Marshall in Aldermary Church Yard, London [c. 1764-1779]


Viewing: Douce Ballads 3(7a)

Ballad - Roud Number: V5691

Title: The cruel step-mother: or, The unhappy son

First Line: You most indulgen[t] parents lend an ear


ESTC: N15347

Subjects:  JamaicaYork (England)

Themes:  StepmothersInheritanceGhostsLetter-writingCourts and law

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
11K2: Devils in the form of (fabulous) animals
11K43: Devil or demons attacking mortals
82A(FAUSTUS): Male literary characters (with NAME)
13B2: Sorcerer, magician, wizard, warlock

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
46C24(SHIP): Sailing-ship, sailing-boat (with NAME)
31A231: Standing figure
25H13: Coast
25F33(HAWK): Predatory birds: hawk

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