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(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Slavery in the United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, a Black Man. 400 pages. 12mo, modern calf; leaves 2:1 and 2:6 bound out of sequence, a few minor repairs, minor foxing; speckled edges. Lewistown, PA, 1836
First edition of a narrative which has since been reprinted under several different titles. It covers about forty years of Ball's life and escapes under several masters, in addition to service in the United States Navy in 1798 (as a hired cook) and 1813. His early years were spent in Maryland, and he was sold to a yet harsher life on a cotton plantation in South Carolina in 1805. The 1837 second edition explains that the narrative was compiled by Isaac Fisher from Ball's verbal narrative. Afro-Americana 813; Work, pages 310-311.
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