This One Mad Act: The Unknown Story of John Wilkes Booth and his Family
Boston: Hale, Cushman & Flint, 1937. First printing. Black and white photographic plates. Original cloth. Octavo. xii, 500 pages. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Bound in red cloth over boards with silver foil stamped pine and upper board, black topstain, family tree printed on endpapers. Shallow bumps to spine ends and 3 of 4 fore corners of boards. Dust jacket has shallow chips and rubbed edge wrinkles. Head of jacket spine is chipped to a depth of about 1/2 inch, not affecting any text. Jacket price remains intact.
Forrester vividly shares her family memories, traditions, and relics in this account of Booth's escape and survival after the Lincoln assassination. She argues that Booth was a tool of the Knights of the Golden Circle in the killing of Lincoln, that this secret group then helped him to escape, and that he lived the life of an exile until 1879. Booth is claimed to have fathered the author's mother, Ogarita Rosalie Wilkes, by his wife Izola Martha Mills (D'Arcy). Includes many old family photographs that do indeed bear strong resemblances to Booth. Forrester's book is the best in the "Booth survived" genre in terms of writing and research. A pleasing copy of an essential but uncommon Lincoln assassination item. Scarce in the original dust jacket. MONAGHAN #3562.