A collection of over 1,400 ballads (in English) of the 16th, 17th and the 18th centuries. The most significant acquisition made during the building up of this collection was the purchase in 1885 at the sale of the library of Osterley Park of three volumes of 17th-century ballads, consisting of 787 items, of which 90 were later donated to the British Museum. They are mounted on paper and arranged alphabetically by first line in boxes. The collection also includes over 2,300 ballads of later date similarly arranged.
Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Catalogue of a Collection of English Ballads of the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries Printed for the Most Part in Black Letter, Privately Printed, 1890.