Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1940). First printing. Black and white plates. Cloth over boards. Octavo. 400 pages. A few shallow extremity bumps to boards and spine ends, minor browning at edges of endpapers. Jacket has a few short closed edge tears, a 1/4" chip at top edge of front panel, other minor edge wear. The dust jacket band has a closed 3/4" tear at top edge of front panel, a closed 1 1/2" tear and a closed 1" tear at top edge of rear panel. Overall near fine in a very good dust jacket and very good publisher's additional wrap-around band.
Excellent history of the famous 19th century theatrical family whose youngest son, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Well researched, with extensive section of commentary and notes at rear. This copy has the scarce additional paper band over the dust jacket with the blurb by Carl Sandburg.
This copy bears the 1942 ownership inscription of Rufus Woods of Wenatchee, Washington on front free endpaper. Woods was a major force behind the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Small group of correspondence between Woods and one Wellington Pegg is laid in, relating to then current books on John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assassination.
Author Stanley Kimmel was a talented World War I era poet and friend of Ernest Hemingway.