David H. Burr. “Illinois by David H. Burr.” From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Illman & Pilbrow, 1834. 12 1/4 x 10 3/4. Engraving by Illman & Pilbrow. Full original color. Very good condition.
An original antique map of Illinois 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 a relatively early date of its development, with the northern part still shown as Indian territory. The route of the proposed canal from Chicago to the Fox River is shown. The map indicates each county 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.