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RAFINESQUE, C.S.
Ancient history, or annals of Kentucky; with a survey of the ancient monuments of North America. And a tabular view of the principal languages and primitive nations of the whole earth
Frankfort, in Kentucky: Printed for the Author, 1824. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. Printed wrappers act as first text leaf; interior toned with some stains and foxing. Manuscript presentation on the back wrapper from the author to William Maclure (1763-1840), known as the "Father of American Geology" and one of the most important and influential map-makers. He helped establish the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and was a founder and first president of the American Geological Society. Later signature of Will. De Hass with his notes in pencil. PRESENTATION COPY TO WILLIAM MACLURE RAFINESQUE, C[onstantin] S[amuel]. Ancient history, or annals of Kentucky; with a survey of the ancient monuments of North America. And a tabular view of the principal languages and primitive nations of the whole earth. Frankfort, in Kentucky: Printed for the Author, 1824. 8vo. Printed wrappers act as first text leaf. Manuscript presentation from the author to William Maclure, known as the "Father of American Geology" and one of the most important and influential map-makers. First separate edition of a survey of the geology and anthropology of Kentucky from Creation to the late 18th century. It is one of the first (if not the actual 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.'" $ 1750.00.
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