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    John Wilkes Booth Playbill. Broadside, 4.5" x 13", Boston, May 23-25, 1864, for a performance of John Wilkes Booth in the dual roles of Louis and Fabian Del Franchi in the Corsican Brothers at the Boston Museum. Prior to his assassination of Lincoln, Booth was the leading star of his time, his celebrity eclipsing many of his contemporaries. Indeed the bill raves that Booth's "former triumphs in Boston have been handsomely endorsed by the most empathic success in the all [sic] principal cities of the country." Ironically, it would be partly this celebrity that would allow Booth to enter Ford's Theatre the night of April 14, 1865, without even a second glance from the management. This particular playbill was part an unusually long run Booth did at the Boston Museum, which would prove to be his last long-running engagement before begin planning the plot that would result in Lincoln's murder. Somewhat unevenly trimmed along edges; toned. Matted to an overall size of 8" x 15.5". Near fine.

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