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John Wilkes Booth 3 years before his notoriety...

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March 28, 1862

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 28, 1862  Near the top of the front page contains one of the fascinating tidbits of history which delight collectors, in this case an inconspicuous advertisement for a theatrical production of The Apostate at the Mary Provost Theater in New York--starring John Wilkes Booth.  See the photo for the complete ad which notes the listing of the cast, including: "And Last Night but One of the appearance of J. WILKES BOOTH, Who will impersonate his great character of MACBETH..." with just a bit more (see). It's always terrific to find reports of notables in history--both famous and infamous--before they would become more widely known to the world.
Although there are many Civil War reports within these 8 pages, including a small, two column illustration on the back page: "The Rebel Floating Battery at Island No. 10" with more (see), this tiny ad is a treasure which trumps the war news. Nice condition.

Category: Yankee

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