The knight-errant, or, The distressed Queen

printed text

Two slip songs printed on one sheet, in two columns, each titled separately. The songs are in celebration of Queen Caroline’s return to England in 1820. The three woodcuts are two crude images of a woman and a small ship.
Printer’s statement from first column. Additional printer’s statement in second column: Pitts, printer and wholesale toy warehouse, 6 Great St. Andrew Street, 7 Dials.

  • Title: The knight-errant, or, The distressed Queen ; Queen Caroline lov’d in our island. / The words by T.L.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed & sold by J. Pitts, 6, Great St. Andrew Street, 7 Dials, [1820]

Catalog Record

File 53 C292 820Kn

Acquired July 2023

A babe’s diverting dream

printed text

In two columns with two woodcuts beneath the title.
A satire on the Milan Commission and the British government’s attempt to compile evidence of Queen Caroline’s misbehaviour and infidelity. Printed together with ‘A New Song’ on the same subject.

  • Title: A babe’s diverting dream.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed by Catnach, 2, Monmouth-Court, [1820]

Catalog Record

File 53 C292 820Ba

Acquired July 2023

Britannia mourn!

printed music sheet

Song sheet with an etching at top showing Britannia and Prince Leopold mourning at the tomb of Princess Charlotte. Music on two staves with interlinear words. Additional three stanzas in three columns below. Text and music within mourning border.


  • Creator: Keith, Robert William, 1787-1846.
  • Title: Britannia mourn! Elegiac verses on the much lamented death of H.R.H. the Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, daughter of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, & consort of His Serene Highness the Prince of Coburg, who departed this life Nov. 6, 1817, in the 22nd year of her age / by the Revd. M. Sibley, and set to music by R.W. Keith.
  • Publication: London : Published at No. 91, Aldersgate Street, [1817]

Catalog Record

File 56 C47 817K+

Acquired August 2022


The captive

musical scoremusical score

For voice and piano; on two staves with interlinear words

  • Creator: Percy, John, 1749-1797.
  • Title: The captive / said to be written by Maria Antoniette Queen of France in the temple after the execution of Louis the XVIth ; (translated from the original) … ; the music compos’d by Mr. Percy.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for the author, No. 13 Tavistock Street, Bedford Square, [approximately 1793]

Catalog Record

File 74 793 P431+

Acquired April 2022

Songs & ballads

printed text

A collection of 19 broadsides and 81 slipsongs pasted into a folio album, some printed on blue paper 52 of them having a woodcut illustration; 7 titles are present in two copies. Most were published in London, York, and Newcastle, but also Hull, Birmingham, Coventry, Easingwold, Selby, and Gateshead.

  • Title: Songs & ballads.
  • Publication: [England], [1795-1850, bulk 1810-1830]

Catalog Record

Quarto 762 So698 795

Acquired March 2022

Scrap album of printed ephemera


A collection of material relating to the elections for the two Oxford borough and two Oxfordshire county seats in the early nineteenth century, largely focusing on the 1812 General Election, where John Atkyns-Wright, John Ingram Lockhart, Francis Almeric Spencer and John Fane were, respectively, duly elected as Members of Parliament. In addition to the relatively official and perfunctory handbills and posters, addressed to ‘Freemen of the City of Oxford’ that necessarily accompanied Georgian elections, this volume also highlights the cut and thrust of campaigning. Numerous mock wanted or lost notices (for example ‘Wanted, An Upper Servant, a steady Man, to serve in an honourable House’, mocking Francis Almeric Spencer as a Marlborough man), squibs, songsters (often to the tune of the then popular ‘Derry-Down’) and verses.

  • Title: [Scrap album of printed ephemera relating to parliamentary elections in Oxford].
  • Publication: [England], [bulk 1800-1812]

Catalog Record

Quarto 64 Ox3 800

Acquired July 2022

Cupid and Bacchus: or, Love and the bottle

printed text

  • Title: Cupid and Bacchus: or, Love and the bottle. : Containing near six hundred favourite new songs, sung at the theatres, Vauxhall, Ranelagh, Marybone, Sadler’s-Wells, &c. &c. &c. … To which are prefix’d, brief instructions for writing songs ; rules for singing ; and an alphabetical table of the songs.
  • Published: London : Printed and sold by E. Palmer, No. 7, at the Bible, in Middle-Row, Holborn; and by most Booksellers, 1770.

Catalog Record

74 770 C974

Acquired January 2022

Wanki Fongo, or, Chief of the Yankee Doodles

printed text

A comic folk song about the wedding of Wanki Fongo Chi Chou Chu, Chief of the Yankee Doodles.

  • Title: Wanki Fongo, or, Chief of the Yankee Doodles.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed by T. Birt, wholesale and retail, 10, Great St. Andrew-Street, Seven Dials, London, [approximately 1828]

Catalog Record

File 763 828 W187

Acquired October 2021