The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke - John Filson. This book tracks the settlement, natural history and topography of the nation's fifteenth state, from the first white man to land at the mouth of the Kentucky River (in 1754) to the book's original publication in 1784. Sections cover such topics as Kentucky's discovery, purchase and settlement; its boundaries and terrain; climate; native animals; economy and trade; and "curiosities." The appendix contains a 30-page narrative of the adventures of Daniel Boone; the minutes of the 1784 council held with the Piankashaw Indians; an account of the Indian Nations within the United States, including sections describing their habits, genius and religion; and more. (1784), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, new index, 124 pp.