David H. Burr. “Missouri.” From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Thomas Illman, 1834. 10 1/2 x 12 3/4. Engraving. Full original color. Some stains at right. Else, very good condition.
An excellent map of Missouri 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. The map shows the state at an early stage in its development, with most development along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Also, the western border is still a straight line, as this map was issued before the Platte Purchase of 1837. Each county is indicated with a different color and towns and cities are noted 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.