New York: Harper's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper, 1865. 1st Edition. Folio. / Very Good. Item #16616
A spectacular 1865 Illustrated Civil War newspaper with a front-page long and detailed headline report, as well as inside-page reports and large engravings announcing the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, whose large engraved portrait is also featured on the front page.
This April 29, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper is one of the most desirable collectibles relating to Lincoln's assassination.
Complete in 16 pages, this issue also features a large, double-page, centerfold engraving from famed artist Thomas Nast of a weeping Lady Columbia draped over the coffin of Lincoln, as well as news from around the country of the closing days of the Civil War.
One of the inside pages features two of the most iconic contemporary images of the assassination, encompassing an entire page. The first, is the close up image of Booth, gun pointed directly at the head of Lincoln and Lincoln's head whipped to the side from impact. The second, underneath, features Booth running across the stage after having jumped from Lincoln's box at Ford's Theatre, with knife in hand, as Mary Todd Lincoln reaches over to her slumping husband above while the theatre erupts in chaos.
This historic piece is in Very Good condition, with mild edge wear and very sporadic occasions of minor foxing.
One of the most desirable of any Lincoln Assassination pieces, this would make a fine centerpiece to any quality Lincoln collection.