David H. Burr. “Arkansas.” From A New Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835. 10 3/8 x 12 3/4. Engraving by Thomas Illman. Full original color. Some short, repaired tears at bottom. Very good condition.
An excellent map of the Arkansas Territory 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. This is a map of Arkansas a year before statehood and it is the first map to show Arkansas with its current borders. The territory is divided into 23 counties, each in a contrasting color. Rivers, swampland, and hills are noted, and cities and towns named throughout. With his access to information from the Post Office, Burr’s depiction of the road system is accurate and up-to-date. Burr’s maps are scarce and quite desirable, and this is a must map for any Arkansas collector.