Carte Geographique, Statistique et Historique du Kentucky


Detailed map of Kentucky published in the first quarter of the 19th century.

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This attractive copperplate engraved map of Kentucky presents the state’s various counties highlighted in bright original color, applied by hand shortly after printing. The robust road network, critical to Kentucky’s early development in the decades following statehood, is shown connecting various towns and settlements. Topography is depicted in hachure while a variety of place names and geographic features are labeled.

Two Pilot Knobs are included within the image, perhaps reflecting uncertainty around its location. Also of interest is the Henderson Concession in the county of that name, referencing a parcel of land along the banks of the Ohio River surveyed by the legendary Daniel Boone.

Surrounding the image are blocks of text providing detailed information (in French) on the history, geography, climate, politics, and economy of Kentucky. A table of statistics shows the population by county (including enslaved and free blacks) and a list of governors in the lower right ends with John Adair.

The map was published in Paris by Jean Alexandre Buchon in 1825 and was included in the French edition of Carey & Lea’s popular American Atlas.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1825

Author: Jean Alexandre Buchon

Sheet Width (in): 26.40

Sheet Height (in): 20.9

Condition: A-

Condition Description: A few small spots within the image (see lower right of title) and creasing along vertical centerfold. Tiny chips along the left edge of the paper, but overall in very good condition with original hand color.


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