AUCTION 41 | Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Graphic Art

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Lot 28


(Playbill). Ford’s New Theatre! Wednesday Even'g, April 27th, '64. The Performance will commence with the Grand Historical Play, in three acts, entitled the JEWESS! or, The Council of Constance! Produced with New Scenery, Gorgeous Costumes, Incidents commemorative of the Jewish Passover Single leaf. Trace foxed. 5 x 16 inches Not in Singerman

Washington, D.C.: H. Polkinhorn’s Steam Job Press 1864

Est: $1,500 - $2,500
A play on a Jewish theme performed at Ford’s Theatre, where, almost exactly a year later (April 15th, 1865), President Abraham Lincon would be assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Despite the Civil War raging at the time, the Playbill notes certain patrons to be seated in the “Colored Gallery.” Singerman (0707, 1293) records two printed editions of William Thomas Moncrieff's The Jewess; or the Council of Constance: An Historical Drama in Three Acts (New York, 1840?; New York, 1853?). These however, are acting editions, not to be confused with the present playbill