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Auction 163, Lot 430

Burr's Complete First Edition Atlas

"A New Universal Atlas; Comprising Separate Maps of All the Principal Empires, Kingdoms & States Throughout the World...", Burr, David H.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1835 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.7 x 15.5 inches
32.3 x 39.4 cm
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This important and complete American atlas is from one of the country's earliest cartographers. Each copperplate map is finely engraved in original, full hand color. The atlas contains a total of 63 maps covering the world and continents with 35 maps relating to the Americas and 24 specific to the United States. Cartographically, the map of the United States shows the western frontier consisting of Missouri, Arkansas Territory and Louisiana. Further west is a huge Missouri Territory with a Huron District occupying Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Eastern Texas is shown as a part of Mexico, but only one year from its independence. The atlas features an early map dedicated to Oregon Territory that encompasses present-day Washington and extends well north into British Columbia, reflecting U.S. interests in the region. Additionally, there are numerous state maps showing early county development including Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Mississippi to name a few. Accompanying the map of New York state is the Map of the Country Twenty Five Miles Round the City of New-York.

David Burr was appointed to be topographer to the U.S. Post Office Department in 1832 and was therefore unable to complete the maps for this atlas. Thomas Illman assumed responsibility for the atlas, publishing it in 1835 using the New York firm of D.S. Stone. There is no publishing date on the title page, but the maps are all dated between 1831-35. Hardbound in quarter calf with tips over cloth boards with gilt title on front cover.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #771; Ristow p. 106.

Condition: A

Condition code is for the maps which are clean, bright, and in full original color with an occasional spot of foxing. End papers and tissue guards have scattered foxing. The hinges are starting, the covers are worn and stained, the edges are bumped, and there is a chip in the leather near the tail of the spine.

Estimate: $7,500 - $9,000


Closed on 6/14/2017