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Description: (JOHN WILKES BOOTH PLAYBILL)
An original printed playbill, 1p folio, for the Boston Museum, for May 1862 which includes a short advance notice on the recto for an engagement of "J. WILKES BOOTH Will appear on MONDAY EVENING, May 12th. the Management respectfully announce[s] that his engagement is for POSITIVELY TWO WEEKS ONLY. RESERVED SEAT LIST FOR EITHER OF HIS NIGHTS NOW OPEN." The verso features a full page of reviews of Booth's acting prowess, headed "OPINIONS OF THE NEW YORK PRESS!" quoting reviews from the Herald, Times, Clipper, Times and Messenger, Word, Evening Express, and of course the Tribune, which raved: "Mr. J. Wilkes Booth is a head and shoulders above those who ordinarily attempt Richard III, in intellectual breadth and power of concentration. If he would husband his voice a little more in the raving parts, we think the average would be improved. But at all events he is terribly in earnest as Richard. His death scene was absolutely lion-hearted..." Much more glowing content throughout. Torn at left margin resulting in the los of some text, one horizontal fold, else very good condition.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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