Book #65445
John Bull, Can You Wonder At Crime!, Small Broadside, Circa 1860. Broadside, Great Britain, Criminals.

John Bull, Can You Wonder At Crime!, Small Broadside, Circa 1860.

"I Would Fork Out a Trifle to Know, Sir, Why Crime Should Increase in Our Land" [Broadside]. [Great Britain]. [Criminals]. John Bull, Can You Wonder At Crime! London: W.S. Fortey, Steam Printer and Publisher, [c. 1860]. 9-3/4" x 7-1/2" broadside, woodcut vignette at head above large headline, main text printed in parallel columns. Light browning, somewhat darker near edges, neatly mounted on album leaf. $450. * A six-verse ballad about a recent increase in crime in London during a time of national prosperity. "I've been thinking, of late I've been thinking/ And my thoughts I can scarcely divine,/ I've been thinking why people should wonder/ At London's great increase of crime./ Cries good old John Bull it's a poser,/ There's Something I can't understand,/ And I would fork out a trifle to know, sir, Why crime should increase in our land." COPAC records 1 copy of this ballad (at the National Library of Scotland) printed with another ballad. OCLC locates 1 copy (at Trinity College Dublin).

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