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Auction 163, Lot 292

"Kentucky", Lucas, Fielding

Subject: Kentucky

Period: 1816 (circa)

Publication: A New and Elegant General Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 8.4 inches
27.4 x 21.3 cm
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This uncommon map of Kentucky features towns, wagon roads, and excellent detail of the state's rivers and creeks. County configuration is current to roughly 1802 or 1803, with the newly formed Adair County shown and an unnamed area in the northeast corner of the state that's soon to be Greenup. The county lines are inaccurately drawn in many spots: Barren is significantly smaller than it should be and is located north of Cumberland; Pulaski has an unusual shape; the area that should be Floyd is part of Fleming; Breckinridge is nowhere to be found. The unnamed region in the southwest corner of the state is Chickasaw territory. Topographical detail of the Cumberland Mountains extends south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border to show the Cumberland Gap. The map also locates the Ft. Knox in Vincennes, Indiana, an important outpost on the Wabash River. Drawn by Samuel Lewis and engraved by H.S. Tanner. Lucas' General Atlas is known as one of the finest general atlases produced in the U.S. at the time, due to the high quality paper, superior engraving quality, and attractive coloring style.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #3542-49.

Condition: B+

Full original color with light toning, a few spots of foxing, and minor soiling primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $450 - $550


Closed on 6/14/2017