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John Wilkes Booth 3 years before his notoriety...
Item # 661557
March 26, 1862
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 26, 1862
* John Wilkes Booth theater ad
* Civil War original reporting
The bottom 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: "Last Night, but three of the engagement the young American Tragedian, J. WILKES BOOTH, who will...for this night only...character of Richard III..." 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, this tiny ad is a treasure which trumps the war news. Nice condition.