Memphis, Tenn. Bates Publishing Co., . Original printed wrappers [wrapper wear along spine, wraps nearly detached], depicting Booth shooting Lincoln at Ford's Theater. Photo illustration frontis of the author. , 309, [1 blank] pp. With photo illustrations of Booth, Lincoln, and others. Text uniformly browned but the illustrations are unscathed. A few contemporary ink notes. The imprint information is in the form of a pasted label at the foot of the title page. Good+.
"One of the best selling Lincoln books. This volume was hawked along with an exhibition of the alleged corpse of Booth" [Monaghan]. The book is an example of a popular genre; in today's world, it is comparable to arguments that Hitler or Elvis is alive, or that the U.S. did not really land a man on the moon. "I became satisfied that John Wilkes Booth was not killed, as has been supposed, at the Garrett home in Virginia, on the 26th day of April, 1865, and present this volume of collated facts, which I submit for the correction of history, respecting the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the death or escape of John Wilkes Booth."
Monaghan 1519 [noting also several variants printed in 1907]. Item #35794