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    John Wilkes Booth Playbill. Broadside, 9" x 22.75", Philadelphia, February 23 & 24, 1863, for John Wilkes Booth's first appearance in Philadelphia. Playing at Mrs. John Drew's Arch Street Theatre, Booth played one of his great tragic roles as Duke of Gloster in Richard III. Prior to his assassination of Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was the leading star of his time, his celebrity eclipsing many of his contemporaries. Indeed the bill raves that Booth's character in Richard III, is "A Part which he has been received , to the Principal Cities of the Union, with the most Enthusiastic Favor, BY INTELLIGENT AND CROWDED AUDIENCES." 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. The broadside has an uneven left edge. Framed to an overall size of 10" x 24"; very good.

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