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    The Star, Volume IV, Bound. Printed by Thomas Henderson, Junior. 12.5" x 20" x 1.5", 207 pages, Raleigh, NC, 1812. Subtitled A Weekly Journal of News, Politicks, Literature and the Useful Arts, all issues printed in 1812, bound with a title page and index to all subjects included. It being North Carolina, each issue contains multiple ads for slave auctions, rewards for the capture of runaway slave, and notices of caught slaves held in jails awaiting retrieval from their masters. Rewards varied from as little as $10 to as much as a $100, depending on the slave's skill set, and the rancor of the master. Many ads run for weeks at a time, sometimes using stronger language with each subsequent week.

    The July 10, 1812 issue lists a $100 reward for a runaway slave: "Ranaway from the subscriber on the 6th of March last, a mulatto man by the name of Jack, well built, about five feet five or six inches high, 28 eight years of age, a tolerable shoe maker, and has been much in the habit of driving a wagon -- He has a scar on his forehead and a part of one of his upper foreteeth is broken off, one of his wrists broke and crooked, and his right leg pretty much shot with small shot which will shew very plainly." The ad continues for almost two column inches, and provides details of Jack's suspected whereabouts and that he has been passing as a free man by the name of John Revill. The original subscriber placing the ad is in Knoxville, and he is requesting the ad run for six more weeks.

    Just that front page of a single issue contains three ads for runaway slaves and one for a slave auction. The language used provides insight as to the existing networks possibly used by slaves to make their escapes, as well as descriptions of injuries resulting from their hardships. Much of the descriptive language used is subjective, even when describing physical characteristics.

    Condition: In the original boards with heavy wear and partial separation at the spine. The title page has a single small tear, with no loss of paper at right; heavy creasing and folds can be flattened. Creasing on first few pages, with remaining pages in very good to near fine condition.


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