Edinburgh Star. February 9 to December 31st 1816. [A near-unbroken run of 77 issues.] [With:] Edinburgh Star. Tuesday June 21st 1814. [And:] The Edinburgh Evening Courant. September 20 1813. [And:] The Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle. [4 issues] March 6, April 10, April 17, May 1, 1816. [And:] The Edinburgh Correspondent. April 6 1816. [And:] Caledonian Mercury. [2 issues] May 6 & May 30 1816. [And:] The Morning Chronicle. London, October 19 1816 [And:] The National Advocate, New York. September 11 1816.

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Elephant folio, ff. [174 (of 176)]. A run from issue 773 to 866, lacking 16 issues (789, 802, 816-7, 822, 827, 830-1, 833, 837, 840, 842, 844-5, 851, 864) and with the second page of two issues of the Star (773, 828) torn out, and a couple of corners torn away with loss to text. Early nineteenth-century half calf, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red morocco label, another compartment dated in gilt direct. Variable soiling and spotting, some wear to edges, leaves at beginning and end rather creased vertically. Binding rubbed, joints cracking at ends but strong, rear flyleaf mostly torn away, marbled paper partially worn from boards. Almost all issues with red tax stamp, first issue with early ink note for the binder in upper margin, some ink corrections in the text.


An almost-complete year of issues from the Edinburgh Star, a twice-weekly paper 'popular with the working classes' (Edinburgh History of Popular Literature, v. 2, p. 312), which ran from 1808 to 1826. Early issues were much occupied with reports concerning the Napoleonic Wars, though by 1816 these were trailing off, leaving more space for local news. The foreign reports are still substantial, including in this volume mentions of the repercussions of the Year Without a Summer, along with reports of news from America (North as well as South). The local news includes details of Leith shipping arrivals and departures alongside as market figures and social events, as well as more usual legal and government news.
In addition to the run of the Star there are several individual issues from other papers, all but two also Edinburgh publications; the exceptions are the Morning Chronicle from London and the New-York National Advocate, this latter with reports concerning the progress towards the abolition of slavery in Britain and toleration of Jews.

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