The Lubrano Collection of Broadside Ballads

T he Lubrano Collection of Broadside Ballads is a collection of 580 English ballads from the nineteenth century, the last great period of broadside ballad production. The ballads in this collection are typical examples of nineteenth century broadside printer’s art with most sheets containing two ballads, many with a woodcut at the top and displayed title underneath it, and often with another decorative cut at the bottom of the sheet. The same woodcut is often used with different ballads. Digital facimiles of all 580 broadsides may be viewed here. The original paper copies may be viewed by visiting the Queen Elizabeth II Archives & Special Collections Reading Room.

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