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    [John Wilkes Booth] A Set of Books Given to John Wilkes Booth by His Mother. The History of Napoleon Bonaparte by John S.C. Abbott (New York: 1859), two volumes, large 8vo, marbled boards, half calf with gilt titles on spine. Each volume is inscribed on verso of frontispiece in the hand of Mary Ann Booth "A Birthday Gift / To / J Wilkes Booth / From / His Mother / May 10th 1861". A wonderful association piece. John Wilkes was his mother's favorite child, and he returned the affection. Before committing the act that would bring infamy upon his family name, he took the trouble to write her a "farewell" letter explaining his motives, subscribing it "Come weal or woe, with never ending love and devotion..." And, as he lay dying, Booth is supposed to have said "tell my mother I died for my country." These volumes were among the Booth family books acquired from Mary Ann Booth by a friend, Mrs. Sasse, passed down through the latter's family, and given circa 1950 to Dr. Marvin Samuels.

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