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    John Wilkes Booth's Schoolboy Arithmetic Book Signed several times. His copy of Smith's New Arithmetic. Arithmetic on the Productive System, Accompanied by a Key and Cubical Blocks by Roswell C. Smith (New York: 1850), 311 pages, small 8vo, bound in illustrated printed boards with gilt-stamped leather spine. At the top of the front cover, Booth has signed his name as "John W. Booth" (which is slightly affected by marginal chipping). On the back inside cover, at top, is an uncompleted signature "John W. Boo" (his ink appears to have run out), and at bottom he has drawn an ornate tablet scroll bearing a small signature "John W. Booth / Bel Air / Harford Co / Md / Feb 1st 1854" and squiggle lines. Written just before he turned sixteen, a year and a half before he made his first essay upon a professional stage. Endleaves lacking; spine defects; but still, quite sound and very satisfactory. A quaint example, one of his earliest known signatures.

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    November, 2008
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