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Collection of three photographs and five broadside playbills
- Comprising: HAMLET: Three black-and-white photographs of Booth in the role of Hamlet (two 4 x 2 3/4 inches, one 5 1/2 x 4 inches on 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch mount, 87 Union Square NY); Playbill, 9 x 4 inches, Boston Theatre, 8 April 1867. Boston: F. A. Searle, 1867. -- RICHARD III. Playbill, 9 x 4 inches, Boston Theatre, 27 April 1867. Boston: F. A. Searle, 1867. -- MACBETH. Playbill, 9 x 4 inches, Booth's Theatre, 5-6 October n.y. (Some losses at edges affecting text.) -- OTHELLO. Playbill, 9 x 4 inches, New York, 8 October, n.y. (Clipped from a newspaper with text on verso, chip at edge with loss of text.) -- KING LEAR. Playbill, 9 x 4 inches, Booth's Theatre, 17-18 October [1881]. (Closely trimmed and with a few abrasions affecting some letters, remnants of previous mounting.) Also advertises upcoming performances of the Merchant of Venice and Richard III. A fine collection of scarce ephemera relating to America's most celebrated Shakespearean actor, and brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. One of three illigitimate sons of the actor John Brutus Booth, Edwin Booth began performing at a young age next to his father. His success was marred by association with his brother, but his career and influence endured until his death in 1893. He ran his own innovative theatre from 1869 to 1874 in New York, succumbing to bankruptcy during the financial panic of the previous year. He afterwards toured the world and regained his fortune. He is best remembered for his record-setting run as Hamlet: to quote William Winter's contemporary review of him in Harper's 1881, it was "the part which has been the chief means of his development, his fortune, his fame, and the genuine, permanent and loving esteem in which he is held by the great body of his countrymen." Booth had first played Hamlet in New York, at Burton's in 1857. Beginning November 16, 1864, and ending March 24, 1865, he played the part at the Winter Garden, for 100 nights, at that time the longest run any Shakespearian play had ever had in America.
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