First edition of one of the earliest, if not the earliest, accounts of Lincoln's assassination in pamphlet form.
"As soon as the news was published in the New York papers it spread like wildfire [...] Newspapers were impossible to be obtained after eight o'clock at any price. The deepest grief was portrayed on every countenance. Men who yesterday openly expressed themselves opposed to Mr. Lincoln's political course, to-day were as sincerely depressed by the deplorable intelligence as were his most ardent supporters."
This pamphlet provides a breathless, nearly hour-by-hour account of the event and its aftermath via official dispatches containing details and developments as they were communicated across the country. The scene at Ford's theater is described, as well as the simultaneous assassination attempt of Secretary of State William Seward. The dispatches end with "THE LATEST NEWS, " dated "April 15—3 A.M., " followed by another short message apparently hastily added (since it follows after the set type "THE END"), dated 9:30am. For this reason, and because it contains no news of the search for Booth and his conspirators, historians believe this pamphlet must have been published almost immediately following the assassination, most likely on the morning or afternoon of April 15. The final leaf includes an editorial describing the reaction to the news in New York, where "the city is hung in mourning. All business is suspended." An historic artifact.
Read more: Monaghan, Lincoln Bibliography, 372.
New York: American News Company, 1865. Full title: The assassination and death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, At Washington, on the 14th of April, 1865. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original side-stitched printed pictorial wrappers, black mourning border on front and rear wrappers, front wrapper printed in varying sizes of display type with "price 15 cents." 12 pages. Expert archival paper repair to part of spine.
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