Book ID: 28043 Tea and Brandy [caption title]. ENGLISH BROADSIDE BALLAD.

Tea and Brandy [caption title].

Place and Imprint: [London, 1795?].
Edition: The only recorded edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T204804, recording a single copy at Cambridge, which contains the same apothecary's stamp. OCLC and COPAC record that same copy; Roud, Folk Song Index, V1851; and see Broadside Ballads Online at the Bodleian Library, which also notes the apothecary's stamp.
Condition: Paper repaired on the verso; some soiling and smudges; chipped in the upper margin, with some loss, but only to the blank margins; two small remains of mounting tape on the verso in the upper margin; a rare survival.
Book ID: 28043

Physical Description

Broadside, 36 x 12 cm, woodcut headpiece. Nine four-line stanzas. Attractive oval stamp in the lower margin of Peter Henry Chymist.


A typical doggerel poem, and somewhat bawdy, written in the form of a slip ballad, which begins "You young men all both far and near, / Listen a while and you shall hear, / Take care you're not drawn in a snare, / By the girls that do love brandy / Wack Fla la, &c." And in the fourth stanza: "'Tis on your backs girls you must lie, / Pray which of you would this deny, / A dish of tea or brandy." Etc.

Price: $1,850.00

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