The Unlocked Book: A Memoir of John Wilkes Booth by his sister Asia Booth Clarke
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1938. First printing. Black & white photographs, drawings. Cloth over boards. Octavo. 205 pages. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Bound in gray cloth over boards with black-stamped titles and ornaments to spine and upper board. Minor extremity bumps. Jacket has a chip to top fore corner of front panel, shallow edge wrinkles and two short closed tears at head of spine, a brown stain to front panel, and sun fading to spine. A pleasing copy.
An enlightening portrait of John Wilkes Booth written by the person who probably knew and loved him best--his sister, Asia. While Edwin Booth and other family members tried to blot all record of their brother from the family history after his assassination of Lincoln, Asia secretly preserved her memories of him in this journal, written primarily within the first ten years following his death. Includes many essential details of Booth family life, previously unknown Booth family letters, extracts from documents and letters given to Asia by people who had known John Wilkes as a schoolboy and an actor, several photographs, and more.
Asia Booth Clarke willed her secret journal to Eleanor Farjeon's father and it was delivered to him in 1888. However, it remained unpublished prior to this present form fifty years later.
Ref. MONAGHAN #3611.