James Hillary Mulligan
King Library Press, Lexington, 1996
A printing of Judge Mulligan's famous 1902 poem with historical notes. The
about the poem and author are available.
A Note About the Text
The text of In Kentucky was set from a manuscript copy in
Judge Mulligan's hand, signed at Maxwell Place, in the Special
Collections of the University of Kentucky. There are minor differences
between this manuscript and the various printed versions. The arrangement
of the stanzas and the punctuation here reflect the text as written
by Judge Mulligan.
A Note About the Illustration
In 1949, The Gravesend Press issued its first book, The Mint Julep,
as a keepsake for Christmas of that year. Joseph C. Graves designed the
book and executed two drawings, and decorative head- & tail-pieces for
To honor the memory of Joseph C. Graves, and his legacy to The King
Library Press, we have adapted his julep cup as fitting ornamentation
for this edition of Judge Mulligan's famous poem, metaphoric of the
spirit of the Bluegrass of Kentucky.
Composition, presswork, & binding were done by Alan Cornett,
Dave Elbon, Gina Gentile, Mary Kelly, & Jim Russo under the
direction of Paul Evans Holbrook at the King Library Press.
This book was set by hand in old A.T.F. Caslon type and printed
on Rives Lightweight paper in the press of Gravesend.
One hundred twenty-five copies.