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The most famous of all Lincoln assassination newspapers...



Item # 668801

April 15, 1865

THE NEW YORK HERALD, April 15, 1865 

* Abraham Lincoln assassination (1st report)
* Ford's Theater - John Wilkes Booth


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 (over 60 renditions known) which have turned up for decades, disappointing the many owners who presumed they had the genuine issue. As noted by the Library of Congress, the Herald had very good coverage of the assassination and for that reason has been reprinted many times.
This is the genuine issue. It is the "2:00 a.m." edition of the four genuine editions known to exist.
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.
The latest dispatch, timed at 2:00 a.m., notes: "The President is still alive, but there is no improvement in his condition."
Over half of the front page is 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.
Complete in 4 pages, disbound with a few small binding indents at the spine. The first page was bound close at the spine margin creating very little left margin, but there is no loss of text. Otherwise in very nice, clean condition.
A great opportunity for a nice issue of one of the more notable newspapers of the 19th century.

Item from Catalog 304 (released for March, 2021)...

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