Item #16747 Civil War Broadside Advertising Play Contributed & Attended by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's Assassin. John Wilkes Booth, LINCOLN.

Civil War Broadside Advertising Play Contributed & Attended by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's Assassin

Booth [LINCOLN], John Wilkes

Broadside

BOOTH, John Wilkes. Assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Civil War-dated printed broadside playbill, 4.5” x 13" inches, advertising a performance of Brian Boroihme at the Boston Museum, where Booth was a regular performer, for May 2, 1862, exactly three years before the Lincoln assassination. Before becoming famous as a political radical and a murderer, Booth was an erratic and popular performer from the well-known Booth family of Shakespearean actors. A supporter of slavery and the South, he participated in the arrest and execution of abolitionist John Brown in 1859. In the fall of 1864, he hatched a plan to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln but the scheme failed. He then concocted the plot to assassinate Lincoln, which he did in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 before jumping to the stage and allegedly crying out, “Sic semper tyrannis! The South is avenged!” Booth was located and killed twelve days later. At the time of the playbill, Both was performing in at least twelve pieces; including lead roles in Invisible Prince on May 9 and 12, 1862, Peg Woffington on May 9, 1862, Richard III on May 12, 14, and 21, 1862, and The Robbers on May 21, 1862. It is very likely Booth contributed to and attended the live performance of Brian Boroihme advertised in the present playbill. In near fine condition.

Item #16747

Price: $425.00

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