John Filson (c. 1753-1788) was an American author, historian
of Kentucky, pioneer, surveyor and one of the founders of Cincinnati, Ohio. He
wrote The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke
(1784) during this period, and travelled to Wilmington, Delaware, to have it
published in the summer of 1784. He also had a "Map of Kentucke" engraved and
printed in Philadelphia. The edition, including both book and map, consisted of
1,500 copies and was priced at $1.50. The map was reprinted several times before
1793. Filson's plan for a second edition, to be endorsed by George Washington,
The book was almost immediately translated into French and re-published in
Paris (1785) and somewhat later a German edition appeared (Leipzig, 1790). The
appendix relating the adventures of Daniel Boone was extremely
popular, and was referenced by (among others) Lord Byron in Don Juan.
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