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April 16, 1865

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 16, 1865  This date was a Sunday, and only rarely were Sunday newspapers bound into volumes held by libraries. As such, this date is arguably more scarce than the issue of April 15.
And when it comes to graphic appeal, it could also be argued that this edition of the 16th is equally as notable as that of the 15th.
All columns on pages 1, 4, 5 & 8 have black mourning rules for the death of President Abraham Lincoln. The first column has heads including: "OUR GREAT LOSS" "Death of President Lincoln" "The Songs of Victory Drowned in Sorrow" "Closing Scenes of a Noble Life" "The Great Sorrow of an Afflicted Nation "John Wilkes Booth Believed to be the Assassin" and more.
And in many respects the text reads like a first report, beginning with the 4:10 a.m. April 15 dispatch: "The President continues insensible and is sinking..." with much more detail, then the later dispatch from Stanton, the "Sec. of War: "Abraham Lincoln died this morning at 22 minutes after seven o'clock." Coverage continues with much under the heading: "The Assassination--Additional Details of the Lamentable Event" which provides much detail.
The front page also has more column heads concerning: "The National Calamity" as well as "The Succession" of Andrew Johnson to the presidency. Related reports carry over to pages 4, 5 and 8.
This issue has much of the content that would be found in most issues of the 15th, yet at a dramatically lower price.
Eight pages, never bound nor trimmed, minor foxing at folds, generally good condition.

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