IMLAY, Gilbert. Topographical Description of the Western Territory of North America; Containing a Succinct Account of Its Climate, Natural History, Population, Agriculture, Manners and Customs, With an Ample Description of the Several Divisions Into Which That Country Is Divided. And an Accurate Statement of the Various Tribes of Indians That Inhabit the Frontier Country. To Which Is Annexed a Delineation of the Laws and Government of the State of Kentucky. Tending to Shew the Probable Rise and Grandeur of the American Empire. In a Series of Letters to a Friend in England. (With:) FILSON, John. The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucky: And an Essay Towards the Topography and Natural History of That Important Country: To Which Is Added, I. The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon, One of the Settlers, Comprehending Every Important Occurrence in the Political History of That Province. II. The Minutes of the Piankashaw Council, Held at Post St. Vincents, April 15, 1784. III. An Account of the Indian Nations Inhabiting Within the Limits of the Thirteen United States, Their Manners and Customs, and Reflections on Their Origin. IV. A Report of the Secretary of State, to the President of the United States; of the Quantity and Situation of the Lands, not Claimed by the Indians nor Granted to, nor Claimed by any Citizens Within the Territory of the United States. V. Thoughts on Emigration; to Which Are Added Miscellaneous Observations Relating to the United States. And a Short Account of the State of Kentucky. Being a Supplement to Imlay's Description of the Western Territory. N.Y.: Samuel Campbell, 1793. 1st American ed. Two vols. 12mo. Illus. with three folding maps and plans. 260; 204pp. Full contemporary calf with morocco labels on spines in a morocco-backed folding cloth box. A very good set. Howes I-12 and F-129. Evans 25648. Clark II, 41, 23. RARE. The first American edition of Imlay's "Topographical Description," originally published in London in 1792, also constitutes the second American edition of Filson's history of Kentucky, originally published in Wilmington, Del., in 1784. Like Imlay's account, Filson's is not altogether accurate, but it is important as the first history of Kentucky, the first account of Daniel Boone and the first work to contain a map of Kentucky. In bringing together. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Topographical Description of the Western ...
Book Description Samuel Campbell, New York, 1793. hardcover. First. (Vol. II): Filson, John. The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucky: And An Essay towards the Topography and Natural History of that Important Country.Being a Supplement to Imlay's Description. 3 folding maps. 2 vols. 16mo, contemporary calf, leather labels; (light browning on most pages, maps have light foxing, one map lacks a small piece of margin, spine ends and edges of corners worn on each volume, both bindings rubbed, each volume has the signature and rubberstamp of George Decker, an early owner). N.Y.: Samuel Campbell, 1793. First American Edition. "Imlay, a captain in the American army during the Revolution, was later commissioned `to lay out lands in the back settlements,' and his work is considered one of the best authorities on the topography of the Western Country. Relates much to Kentucky and its early history." Coleman 2122. "John Filson's work was the first attempt to record the history of Kentucky in book form.The appendix contains the autobiography of Daniel Boone, the first account of his life, obviously written by Filson, but undoubtedly the reminiscences and experiences of the great pioneer himself." Coleman 3239. The first work with a map of Kentucky. John Filson's work is the second American Edition. Clark II: 41, 23. Evans 25648. Howes I-12, F-129. Seller Inventory # 154119