The collection comprises more than 1,800 pamphlets, printed mainly between 1649 and 1652.
These tracts, often scurrilous and mainly anonymous, were written in protest at, or sometimes in defence of, Cardinal Jules Mazarin (1602–1661) and his policies at the time of the Fronde, the series of civil wars which afflicted France during the minority of Louis XIV.
They provide a fascinating insight into the political and social turmoil in France at the time.
More than one third of the items listed in the standard bibliographies of Moreau and of Lindsay and Neu are available.
The collection is enhanced with engraved portraits of the political figures of the period.
- Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
- See also the annotated copy of Moreau's bibliography.
- Notes in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 37 (1954-5), pp. 8-9; vol. 38 (1955-6), pp. 5-6; vol. 44 (1961-2), pp. 280-1.
- John P. Tuck, 'French Studies: A Guide to Research Resources in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 72, no. 2 (1990), pp. 9-10.