London: Faber and Faber Limited, (1938). First UK edition. Black & white photographs, drawings. Cloth over boards. Octavo. 199 pages. Very good. Bound in green cloth over boards with black-stamped spine titles. Minor extremity bumps. One "withdrawn" stamp on front free endpaper.
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 However, it remained unpublished prior to this present form fifty years later. MONAGHAN #3611.