[BOOTH, John Wilkes (1838-1865), Actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln]. Broadside playbill: Holliday St. Theatre Lessee and Manager....John T. Ford...Last Night but Two of the Youthful Artist, John Wilkes Booth!. [Baltimore,] Thursday Even'g, March 19th, '63, /...R.L. Shiels' Historical Romance...The Apostate!...., Baltimore, n.d. . Folio, 428 x 149mm. (16 7/8 in. x 5 15/16 in.), small burn hole affecting one letter, a few stains.
JOHN WILKES BOOTH, "THIS SPLENDID YOUNG ARTISTE," PLAYS BALTIMORE "AT CHEAP PRICES." A dramatic theatrical broadside printed in a variety of Victorian display types, for the Baltimore theater operated by John T. Ford (who also operated Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.). Booth's name appears in very large type at the top. He is featured in R.L. Shiels's highly popular The Apostate! in the role of Pescara. The next night, which is here billed as the "Farewell benefit of Mr. Booth," he played in Schiller's The Robbers in the character of Charles de Moor. And, further down, is the note: "Mr. Ford, desirous of extending as much as possible the great enjoyment of this splendid young artiste, has induced Mr. Booth to give a grand Matinee Performance Saturday Afternoon! At cheap prices," when he will perform "the thrilling moral play, The Marble Heart!!"
At this date Booth was at the high-point of his stage career; the previous week he had played in Philadelphia's Arch Street Theater, to highly complimentary reviews. The parts in "The Apostate," "The Robbers" and "The Marble Heart" were among his signature roles.