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Item # 585457

April 15, 1865

THE NEW YORK HERALD, April 15, 1865  This issue would rank among the most famous of all Lincoln assassination newspapers, as almost all issues found on the market today are one of the many reprints which have turned up for decades, disappointing the many owners who presumed they had the genuine issue.

This is the genuine issue. And better yet it is the "3:00 a.m. Special Edition" as identified by the Library of Congress:

3:00 a.m. Special edition. 8 pages. The first, second, and third columns on page one are the same as the 2:00 a.m. edition. In the fourth column the caption, "The State Capital," has been replaced by "The Latest News" and contains a sub-heading "Secretary Stanton to General Dix, War Department, Washington, April 15--3:00 a.m." "The State Capital" has been moved to the sixth column."

This issue agrees with all of the notations mentioned above.

Among the many first column headlines on the front page are:
"IMPORTANT." "Assassination of President Lincoln" "The President Shot at the Theatre Last Evening" "Escape Of The Assassins" "Intense Excitement in Washington" "Scene at the Deathbed of Mr. Lincoln" "J. Wilkes Booth, the Actor, the Alleged Assassin of the President" and more (see photos).

The latest dispatch, timed at 3:00 a.m., notes: "The President still breathes, but is quite insensible, as he has been ever since he was shot. He evidently did not see the person who shot him..." with more.
Of the six columns on the front page almost four are taken up with reports of the assassination, the remainder concerning various Civil War reports and a few other items. Additional Civil War reports are found on the inside pages.
This issue is complete in 8 pages and was never bound nor trimmed, which is the preferred state wanted by collectors. Most issues have been taken from bound volumes held by institutions over the years. This issue was kept in its original state for nearly 150 years.
There is mild wear at the central horizontal fold with some very minor loss at the fold juncture near the center. Some small tears elsewhere near the fold and two ink spots deteriorated causing small holes near the fold. Other expected wear at the margins, which are wider than most due to have escaped the bindery which trims margins when the newspapers were bound. See the photos for more particulars on the condition of this notable newspaper.
This is one of just a few issues of the Herald of this famous date we have been able to offer in our 35 years. Certainly a choice issue for the best of collections.

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