[Richard Lestock, Royal Navy Admiral, as 'Commander in Chief of his Majes. Ships going to the Mediterranean'.] Warrant in a secretarial hand, signed 'Richd Lestock', appointing 'Mr. James Sheppard [...] Master of his Majestys Ship the Nassau'.

Richard Lestock (c.1679-1746), Royal Navy Admiral, court-martialled following the Battle of Toulon
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'Dated on board his Majestys Ship Neptune at Sea the Seventh day of December 1741.' [While 'going to the Mediterranean'.]

See Lestock's entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 8vo. With seal under paper. On aged and worn paper, with damage to corners caused by detaching the item from the mount to which it was glued. Apart from he signature, the whole warrant is in a secretarial hand. It is headed: 'By Richard Lestock Esqr. Commander in Chief of his Majes. Ships going to the Mediterranean'. Addressed at bottom left: 'To Mr. James Sheppard hereby appointed Master of his Majestys Ship the Nassau'. The body of the warrant consists of nineteen lines of text in the customary form, beginning: 'Mr.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J. H. Rose') from the English historian John Holland Rose, writing, while on active service in France with the British Expeditionary Force, to Alfred Tresidder Sheppard to commend his latest novel.

J. H. Rose [John Holland Rose] (1855-1942), English historian best-known for his biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, Reader in Modern History, Cambridge University [Alfred Tresidder Sheppard (1871-1947)]
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On Y.M.C.A. letterhead, 'On Active Service | With the British Expeditionary Force', 15 September 1917.

2pp., 4to. 53 lines. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of previous mounting at head, and a light and unobtrusive water stain. The letter is headed by Rose 'Y.M.C.A. B.A.P.O.2 B.E.F. France'. Regarding Sheppard's recently-published 'Quest of Ledgar Dunstan', Rose writes: 'You have a wonderfully keen mental eye which sees everything with extraordinary sharpness, & you have a literary hand which etches with just & delicate touch. The book is also one of singular intensity of feeling which carries the reader along fascinated & thrilled.

Autograph Letter Signed ('John H. Sheppard') from the Boston lawyer and author John Hannibal Sheppard to General Henry Dearborn, proposing George Kent for the post of messenger to Washington.

John H. Sheppard [John Hannibal Sheppard] (1789-1873), British-born Harvard-educated Boston lawyer, author and prominent freemason [Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1783-1851),]
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Boston; 5 December 1848.

1p., 4to. 25 lines.Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Sheppard writes that he called on Dearborn the previous day, but found him confined to his room by indisposition. He proposes his friend 'George Kent Esq of this city, a Counsellor at Law', for the appointment of 'Messenger to carry on the electoral votes to Washington'. He describes Kent as 'a man of talents, a brother of Ex-Gov Kent of Maine', who has 'been very active with his able pen in helping in this section of the country to promote the election of Gen Taylor'. Kent is a prolific writer and 'a decided Whig'.

Charles Auchester. By the Author of "My First Season," "Counterparts," etc.

[Elizabeth Sara Sheppard] [Joseph Joachim; Felix Mendelsohn; Jenny Lind]
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New Edition. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C. [1882]

Octavo: 415 pp. In contemporary red cloth binding, with title and owner's initials (K.D.F.) in gilt on spine. Internally tight, on aged paper; binding worn, faded and lightly stained. No half-title. Inscribed on title-page 'To my chum, the youngest of the Vixens, on striking twenty - by name Kathleen Douglas Fox, - name of friend - Blanche Wemyss-Whittake date. Nov. 30th. 1885.

Life of Jack Sheppard, The Notorious House and Gaol Breaker.

Victorian Chapbook [Newcastle; Provincial Printing]
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Newcastle-on-Tyne: Bowman, Publisher, Nuns' Lane. Price One Penny. [Slug on verso of title: 'Bowman, Publisher, 12, Nuns' Lane, Newcastle.'] Undated [1850, or between 1865 and 1875?].

12mo: 24 pp. Leaf dimensions: 15.5 x 9.5 cms. Unbound. Good, on aged paper with fraying to extremities and a little light staining to title. Decorative title-page with vignette. On verso of title: list of twenty-three 'Penny Histories' ('Crown 12mo. Three or upwards sent post free to any address, on receipt of stamps to the amount') and nineteen 'Penny Song Books'. Heavily worn type and loss to text at foot of three pages due to faulty imposition. According to BBTI Robert Benson Bowman was active in Newcastle from before 1826 to after 1859.

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