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John Wilkes Booth 3 years before his notoriety...



Item # 682715

March 27, 1862

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 27, 1862 

* John Wilkes Booth theater ad
* Civil War original reporting


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: "Last Night, but two 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. 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, one column map on the back page: "The Siege of Island No. 10" with more, this tiny ad is a treasure which trumps the war news.
Eight pages, nice condition.

Category: Yankee