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    John Wilkes Booth's Signed Stage Script ("prompt copy") pamphlet The Son of the Night: A Drama, in Three Days: and Prologue by Charles Gayler. (New York: Samuel French). A volume from "French's Standard Drama" series. Boldly signed "J W Booth" vertically on left side of the title page, and partly into two words. Some moderate paper flaws affect the title but barely touch the signature. This book probably dates from Booth's "apprentice" years on the stage in Baltimore and Richmond in the very late 1850s. In folding solander case with gilt descriptive label on cover. This volume, with a number of other Booth family books, came into the possession of Wilkes's youngest brother, Joseph A. Booth, and were kept for decades in his family home at Long Branch, New Jersey.

    Provenance: Charles Hamilton galleries, New York, auction 23, December 1967.

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