"Sixteen-String Jack" [Rann, Jack (1750-1774)]. The Life of Jack Rann, Otherwise Sixteen-String Jack, The Noted Highwayman, Who Was Executed at Tyburn, November 30, 1774. Durham: Printed by George Walker, Jun., Sadler Street, 1838. 24 pp. Octavo (6- 1/2" x 3-3/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, untrimmed edges. Light toning, light browning to top and bottom edges of title page. A well-preserved copy. $450. * Only edition. A scarce Durham account of the life, crimes, trials and eventual execution of a legendary highwayman. Notably stylish, witty and charming, was one of the last of the "gentleman highwaymen." (He was known as "Sixteen String Jack" because he often wore silk knee breeches decorated with sixteen strings of various colors.) This account is followed by an unrelated, and rather horrific, comic piece titled "A Boy's Letter," which first appeared in Hood's Comic Annual for 1832. Library Hub locates 4 copies, all in Great Britain. OCLC locates 6 copies, 3 in Great Britain, 3 in North America (Kent State University, Northwestern University, University of Kentucky).
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