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Auction 98, Lot 170

"Map of the State of Kentucky; with the Adjoining Territories", Reid, John

Subject: Kentucky and Tennessee

Period: 1795 (dated)

Publication: American Atlas

Color: Black & White

17.5 x 14.5 inches
44.5 x 36.8 cm
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This is a scarce and significant map depicting the entire state of Kentucky, most of Tennessee, and the northern part of Georgia. The map was issued only three years after statehood for Kentucky and just before Tennessee became a state. The map was based on John Russell's map of the previous year and provided the best information available at the time for the trans-Appalachian frontier. Seven subdivisions of the original three counties are shown and pioneer roads (called traces) are shown criss-crossing both Kentucky and Tennessee. Towns such as Lexington, Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Boonsborough, and even mills and orchards are denoted. Of particular interest are the depictions of the planned, but never built, utopian settlements of Somerset and Franklinville. In Tennessee a large grant "Reserved for the North Carolina Troops" is labeled. Second state, published in 1796.

References: Wheat & Brun #647.

Condition: A

Minor toning along fold, but overall very good.

Estimate: $900 - $1,000

Sold for: $950

Closed on 3/6/2002