David Burr “Brazil with Guiana & Paraguay.” From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Thomas Illman, 1834. 12 5/8 x 10 1/2. Engravings. Full original color. A few light spots. Overall, very good condition.
From a series of excellent maps by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. As a careful geographer, Burr is painstaking in this map to put in only information for which he felt there was a scientific basis. Burr’s maps are scarce and quite desirable. The map is quite up-to-date, though it does include “L. Parima,” a non-existent lake in Guiana, a remnant of the old legend of El Dorado.