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    John Wilkes Booth Playbill. Broadside, 6" x 14.5", Boston, May 21, 1862, printed by F. A. Searle for a performance of John Wilkes Booth as Charles De Moor in The Robbers. Booth, who had become a major national star only two years earlier, was in Boston in May 1862 for only two weeks, this being the final week of his engagement there. 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: "the extraordinary furore [sic] excited by this Young Artist's histrionic efforts has never been equalled [sic] by any other star tat the museum." 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. Some chips along right edge, else fine.

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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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