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    [Gilbert Imlay]. George Imlay. A Topographical Description of the Western Territory of North America: Containing a Succinct Account of its Soil, Climate, Natural History, Population, Agriculture, Manners, and Customs, With an ample Description of the several Divisions into which that Country is partitioned; To Which Are Added, The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucky. And An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country. By John Filson. To Which Is Added, I. The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon, one of the First Settlers, comprehending every important Occurrence in the Political History of that Province. II. The Minutes of the Piankashaw Council, held at Post St. Vincent's, 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. London: Printed for J. Debrett, Opposite Burlington-House, Piccadilly, 1793.

    Second edition. Octavo. xvi, [1] - 433 pages plus Index and Errata [20 pages] and publisher's advertisement [two pages]. Three fold-out maps and one fold-out "Table of Distances between Pittsburg and the Mouth of the Ohio."

    Bound in later black half-leather with marbled boards and endpapers. Spine titles and rules in gilt inside five raised bands. Moderate wear to the spine, spine bands, and edges. Textblock edges somewhat toned. Light to moderate foxing throughout. Small closed tear to first folding map. Scattered unobtrusive marginalia in text. Overall, a very good copy.

    The first edition to contain John Filson's description of Kentucky, including a fold-out map of the territory. The title page misidentifies the author as George Imlay.

    Bradford 2574; Buck 43; Clark Old South II:41; Graff 2091 (3rd ed.); Howes I-12; Rader 2003; Sabin 34356; Thomson 632; Vail Frontier 943.


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