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  • 16th-century costume guide

    Book, Octavo, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This rich collection of woodcuts gives a fascinating insight into global fashions of Shakespeare’s day. With its Italian...

  • 17th-century brothel in Nicholas Goodman’s Holland...

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    Holland’s Leaguer was a notorious 17th-century brothel which stood, near London’s playhouses, on the south bank of the R...

  • A Caveat for Common Cursetors, 1567

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    A Caveat for Common Cursetors, written by Thomas Harman (fl. 1547–1567), was first published in 1566. It was one of the ...

  • A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This ballad is sold as a ‘Merry jeste’, but it tells the violent tale of ‘a shrewde and curste wyfe’ who is beaten and w...

  • A true discourse of the late voyages of discovery

    Woodcut, Map

    This copy of the first account of Frobisher's three voyages is by George Best, who sailed with him, is extremely rare in...

  • An Entertainment for Elizabeth I at Elvetham, 1591

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This rare pamphlet is a festival book produced to commemorate Elizabeth I’s visit to Elvetham in September 1591. It desc...

  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on cuckolds

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This 17th-century ballad entitled ‘Cuckolds Haven’ betrays the early modern obsession with cuckolds – men who were depic...

  • Broadside ballad on Robin Goodfellow

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This item is a two page broadside ballad called ‘The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow’, printed around 1670 (based o...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Broadside ballad on 'the cruelty of Gernutus the J...

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This broadside ballad relating the ‘crueltie of Gernutus a Jew’ has clear parallels with the tale of Antonio, Bassanio a...

  • Broadside ballad on the Master Constable

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This humorous 17th-century broadside ballad portrays the Master Constable as a self-important busy-body. He is exposed a...

  • Broadside ballad on Tom of Bedlam

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This item is a single-sheet broadside ballad (subsequently cut in two) called ‘New Mad Tom of Bedlam or, The Man in the ...

  • Broadside Ballad 'The True Lovers Knot Untied'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This 17th-century broadside ballad tells the true story of Lady Arbella Stuart's (1575–1615) ill-fated marriage to Will...

  • Broadside on mortality

    Broadside, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The Map of Mortalitie (1604) is a broadside combining verses, symbols and cryptic diagrams, all centred on a skull or ‘d...