"The most remarkable history of Kentucky that was ever written."

    C. S. Rafinesque. Ancient History, or Annals of Kentucky; with a Survey of the Ancient Monuments. Frankfort, KY, 1824.

    First edition. Octavo. iv, 39 pages. Appendices.

    Later half morocco over marbled boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Some loss to the leather of the spine. Front hinge cracked, but holding. Small oval bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Very good.

    Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, an eccentric nineteenth-century polymath, wrote one of the first studies on prehistoric civilizations of the Kentucky region. "Imagination and fact run riotously together, yet the work has been correctly characterized as 'the most remarkable history of Kentucky that was ever written, or ever will be'" (Dorothy Edwards Townsend, Kentucky in American Letters).

    Howes R8.

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