Paris. 1785. ,xvi,234pp. plus folding map. Half title. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt extra, leather label, patterned endpapers. Extremities rubbed. Contemporary ownership inscription on front fly leaf. Internally clean. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM48058
The first French edition of Filson's pioneering history of the settlements in Kentucky, issued the year after the extremely rare Wilmington, Delaware edition. "The most famous and important frontier book of the period...particularly important for the first map of Kentucky and the first published life of Daniel Boone" (Vail), including an account of Boone's captivity. W.R. Jillson, in the introduction to his reprint of Filson, says that Filson "has left to posterity a priceless tale of early days in Kentucky, which, for stirring action and regional description, has rarely been equalled as a piece of frontier writing in any part of the country, and never surpassed." The map was the first to provide an accurate delineation of Kentucky, and this is the first obtainable edition, as the American first is known in only a few copies. HOWES F129. VAIL 726. SABIN 24338. CLARK II:23. CHURCH 1212. FIELD 536. AYER 99. VAUGHAN 105.