The Wonderful Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.[Copied from an American Engraving, dated in the year 1817.]
Very scarce letterpress broadside with wood-engraved plan and 'Mummy' illustration; single-sheet, as issued. Sheet 400 x 280mm, 15¾ x 11". Some creasing to lower edge and some foxing stains. Overall very good.
Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, USA, is the longest known cave system in the world with 390 miles explored. The site was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It became a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981. Several sets of Native American remains have been recovered from Mammoth Cave in the 19th and 20th centuries. Most mummies found represent examples of intentional burial, with ample evidence of pre-Columbian funerary practice. No fossils of the woolly mammoth have ever been found in Mammoth Cave, and the name of the cave has nothing to do with this extinct mammal. Rather, the name refers to the large width and length of the passages connecting to the Rotunda just inside the entrance. The text is an eyewitness account of an exploration of the cave and its myriad chambers and tunnels, by Mr. Ward.
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