Lee & Shepard
Lee & Shepard (1862-1905) was a publishing and bookselling firm in Boston, Massachusetts in the 19th century, established by William Lee (1826-1906) and Charles Augustus Billings Shepard (1829-1889) Authors published by the firm included: George Melville Baker; Sophie May; Henry Morgan; Oliver Optic; William Carey Richards; Francis Henry Underwood; Madeline Leslie and Levina Buoncuore Urbino. The business conducted its operations from offices at 149 Washington St. (ca.1872); the corner of Franklin and Hawley St. (1873-1885); and "adjoining the Old South," no.10 Milk St. (ca.1885).
One of the first titles issued by the firm was the diary of Adam Gurowski, reviewed in 1862 by the New York Evening Post: "This work is a crabbed specimen of authorship. ... The humor of it is sometimes that of Thersites, when his thorny tongue lashed the heroes of the camp, and sometimes that of Caliban when he cursed the arts of his superiors. ... Yet it is a book to be carefully read. Under its rough and prickly burr there is a nutritive nut."
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard was eventually acquired by William Morrow and Company, which would be acquired by HarperCollins in 1999. Lothrop shut down its children's division soon after the acquisition. Lothrop is now an Imprint of Harpercollins.
Published by the firm
- Adam Gurowski. Diary from March 4, 1861 to November 12, 1862. 1862.
- My teacher's gem. 1863. Engraving by Kilburn.
- Charles R. Baker (of the Dorchester Nurseries). Practical and scientific fruit culture. 1866. (Some of the illustrations were derived from the Gardeners' Chronicle, 1847)
- Sophie May. Cousin Grace. 1866. Engraving by N. Brown.
- Henry Morgan. Ned Nevins: the news boy, or, Street life in Boston. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1867.
- John Townsend Trowbridge. Neighbor's wives. 1867
- John Frost. Life of Daniel Webster: the statesman and the patriot. 1868.
- Oliver Optic. Our standard-bearer: or, the life of General Ulysses S. Grant. 1868. Illus. by Thomas Nast.
- Our Boys and Girls. v.11-12 (1872).
- Adeline Trafton. An American Girl Abroad (1872)
- Eleanor W. Talbot. My lady's casket of jewels and flowers for her adorning. 1885. Includes color plates.
- Oliver Optic's Magazine. v.17-18 (1875).
- Irene E. Jerome. One Year's Sketch Book. 1885.
- Harriet Stewart Miner. Orchids: the Royal Family of Plants. 1885
- Irving Bacheller (1900) Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country (a Lothrop book)
- John Townsend Trowbridge. The Little Master. 1887
- Oliver Optic. Poor and Proud (1872)
About the firm
- List of books published by Lee and Shepard, 149 Washington St., Boston. Uniform trade list circular, May 1867.
- J.C. Derby (1884), "Lee and Shepard", Fifty Years Among Authors, Books and Publishers, New York: G.W. Carleton & Co.
- George L. Austin. "Lee and Shepard." Bay State Monthly v.2 no.6, March 1885; p. 309-316
- "Lee and Shepard." American Bookman 17, 1885; p. 211-214
- Raymond Lincoln Kilgour. Lee and Shepard: publishers for the people. Hamden, Conn.: Shoe String Press, 1965.
- Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society: 1880-1889
- Shepard had a previous publishing and bookselling firm in the 1850s: Shepard, Clark & Co.; cf. Boston Directory. 1856
- "Charles A.B. Shepard." Publishers Weekly, Feb. 2, 1889; p.98-99
- WorldCat. Baker, George Melville 1832-1890
- WorldCat. Richards, William C. (William Carey) 1818-1892
- WorldCat. Underwood, Francis Henry 1825-1894
- "Madeline Leslie". www.worldcat.org. WorldCat. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- Austin. 1885
- Quoted in: The Living Age, No. 971, 10 January 1863
- Boston notes: The Consolidation of Lothrop Company and Lee & Shepard. New York Times, September 3, 1904. 
- Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books - Publisher Contact Information Retrieved 2013-01-17.
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