David H. Burr. “Ohio.” From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: D.H. Burr, 1831. 10 1/8 x 12 1/2. Engraving by Illman & Pilbrow. Full original color. Very good condition.
An excellent and rare map by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. As a young man, Burr was admitted to the New York Bar, but he soon turned to cartography, working under Simon DeWitt, Surveyor General of New York, surveying roadways in New York. He used this as a stepping stone to producing a state map and state atlas of New York in 1829, only the second atlas of an individual state in the United States. The quality of his work led to his appointment a geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. Shortly after the appearance of his state atlas, Burr began to work on a world atlas, which appeared as the New Universal Atlas in 1835. The maps are dated between 1831 and 1835 and were engraved and published by Illman & Pilbrow, who took more responsibility for completing the atlas when Burr was appointed as geographer for the Post Office in 1832. This is one of the more important early American atlases and the maps are quite scarce.