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Ballad Collections and Primary Texts

EBBA's bibliography consists of primary works (ballad collections and other relevant sources). See also our Ballad Criticisms page for secondary sources on ballads and culture.


Barlow, Jeremy, ed. The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's "Dancing Master" (1651-ca. 1728) London: Faber Music, 1985.

The Caledonian Magazine; or Aberdeen Repository. Edinburgh: A. Shirrefs, 1787.

Chappell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time: A Collection of Ancient Songs, Ballads and Dance Tunes, Illustrative of the National Music of England. 2 Vols. London: Cramer, Beale, & Chappell, 1855-1859.

⸻. Popular Music of the Olden Time: A Collection of Ancient Songs, Ballads, and Dance Tunes, Illustrative of the National Music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale, & Chappell, 1859.

⸻, and Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth, eds. The Roxburghe Ballads. 27 parts. Hertford: Stephen Austin & Sons, 1869‒99. Reprinted 9 vols. in 8 (vols. 1-3 ed. Chappell; vols. 4-8 ed. Ebsworth). New York: AMS Press, 1966.

A Collection of Seventy-Nine Black-Letter Ballads and Broadsides, Printed in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. London: Joseph Lilly, 1867.

Child, Francis James, ed. The English and Scottish Ballads. 8 Vols. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., and Cincinnati, OH: Moore Wilstach, Keys and Co., 1857-1859. 2nd edition. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Co., 1860, 1866.

⸻, ed. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 Vols. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-1898.

⸻, ed. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 3 Vols. Northfield, Minn.: Loomis House, 2002-2005.

⸻, ed. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Digital edition. New York: ESPB Publishing, Ltd. and Heritage Muse, 2003.

Collmann, Herbert L., ed. Ballads and Broadsides Chiefly of the Elizabethan Period and Printed in Black-Letter. Oxford: Roxburghe Club, 1912.

Day, W. G., ed. The Pepys Ballads. Facsimile edition. 5 Vols. From Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College Cambridge. Wolfboro, N.H.: D. S. Brewer, 1991.

D’Urfey, Thomas. New Poems, Consisting of Satyrs, Elegies and Odes. London: J. Bullord and A. Roper, 1690.

⸻. Wit and Mirth: or, Pills to purge Melancholy. 6 Vols. London: W. Pearson, 1719-20.

Ebsworth, Joseph Woodfall, ed. The Bagford Ballads. 3 vols. Collected into 2 vols. Hertford: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1876‒78. Reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1968.

English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA). Patricia Fumerton, dir. http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/.

Fumerton, Patricia, ed. Early Modern Ballads: From the Pepys Collection. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012.

Hindley, Charles. The Life and Times of James Catnach. London: Reeves & Turner, 1878. Reprinted Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1968.

⸻. The Roxburghe Ballads. London: Reeves & Turner, 1873.

Kemp, William. Nine Daies Wonder. 1600. Ed. G. B. Harrison. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1966.

Lemon, Robert. Catalogue of a Collection of Printed Broadsides in the Possession of the Society of Antiquaries of London. London: The Society of Antiquaries of London, 1866.

Lindsay, James Ludovic, Earl of Crawford. Bibliotheca Lindesiana: A Catalogue of a Collection of English Ballads of the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries, Printed for the Most Part in Black Letter. Privately printed, Aberdeen University Press, 1890. Reprinted in 2 vols, New York: B. Franklin, 1961.

Macpherson, James. Poems of Ossian and Related Works. Ed. Howard Gaskill. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996.

Marshburn, Joseph H. and Alan R. Velie, eds. Blood and Knavery: A Collection of English Renaissance Pamphlets and Ballads of Crime and Sin. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1973.

Motherwell, William. Minstrelsy, Ancient and Modern. 2 Vols. Glasgow: John Wylie, 1827. Reprinted Boston: William D. Ticknor & Co., 1846.

Pepys, Samuel. The Pepys Ballads. Ed. Rollins, Hyder E. 8 vols. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1929‒32.

⸻. The Pepys Ballads. Ed. W. G. Day and the Pepys Library. 5 vols. Cambridge, UK: D. S. Brewer, 1987.

Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1996.

⸻. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. 1765.

Phillips, Ambrose, comp. A Collection of Old Ballads. Corrected from the best and most Ancient Copies Extant. With Introductions Historical, Critical, or Humorous, Illustrated with Copper Plates. 3 Vols. London: J. Roberts, 1723-1725.

Pinkerton, John. Scottish Tragic Ballads . . . . To Which are Prefixed Two Dissertations, I. On the Oral Tradition of Poetry. II. On the Tragic Ballad. London: J. Nichols, 1781.

⸻. Select Scotish [sic] Ballads. London: J. Nichols, 1783.

Playford, John. The Dancing Master. Multiple eds., 1651‒1728.

⸻. A Booke of New Lessons for the Cithern & Gittern Containing many New and Excellent tunes, Both Easie and Delightfull to the Practitioner. With plain and easie Instructions, teaching the right use of the hand, and perfect tuning of both Instruments, never before printed. London: 1652.

Ripa, Cesare. Baroque and Rococo Pictorial Imagery: The 1758-60 Hertel Edition of Ripa’s "Iconologia" with 200 Engraved Illustrations. Ed. Edward A. Maser. New York: Dover Publications, 1971.

Ritson, Joseph. Ancient Songs From the Time of King Henry the Third, to the Revolution. London: J. Johnson 1790 [1792].

⸻. Observations on the Three First Volumes of the “History of English Poetry” in a Familiar Letter to the Author. London: n.p., 1782.

Rollins, Hyder E., ed. A Pepysian Garland. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1971.

⸻, ed. The Pepys Ballads. 8 Vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1922.

Sackville, Charles, Earl of Dorset. “Song, Written at Sea.” In Wit and Mirth. London: 1714. Ed. G. G. Falle. Representative Poetry Online. University of Toronto Libraries. http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/song-written-sea.

Scott, Walter. Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border: Consisting of Historical and Romantic Ballads Collected in the Southern Counties of Scotland; With A Few of Modern Date Founded Upon Local Tradition. Ed. Thomas Henderson. London: George Harrup, 1931.

Sharp, Cecil, comp. Cecil Sharp's Collection of English Folk Songs. Ed. Maud Karpeles. 2 Vols. London: Oxford University Press, 1974.

Shuldam-Shaw, Patrick, and Emily B. Lyle, eds. The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1983.

Sidgwick, F., ed. Bibliotecha Pepysiana: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Library of Samuel Pepys. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 1914.

Simpson, Claude M. The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1966.